North Carolina vs. Western Carolina - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Carolina Catamounts (3-6) at North Carolina Tar Heels (8-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -30 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Dean Smith Center on Wednesday, we’ve got college basketball action coming between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Catamounts enter this game with a 3-6 record overall. After a three-game losing streak, Western Carolina has won two of their last three versus Alabama A&M and Appalachian State. In that last game, the Catamounts’ top scorer was Deriece Parks with 20 points.
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On the season, Western Carolina’s top scorer is Matt Halvorsen, with 11.7 PPG. Parks is the only other Catamount in double-figures at 10.4 PPG, but Devin Peterson is close on 9.9 PPG, as is Mike Amius with 9.3 PPG.
Over on the North Carolina side, they’re sitting at 8-1 on the season. The Tar Heels have won their last three games versus Michigan, Davidson and Tulane. In that Green Wave game, North Carolina’s lead scorer was Luke Maye with 22 points.
Maye heads up the Tar Heels’ scoring this year with 20.8 PPG and 10.3 RPG, and Joel Berry is second on 16.5 PPG. Also in double-digits for North Carolina are Kenny Williams (13.4 PPG) and Theo Pinson (10.0 PPG; 5.4 RPG; 4.1 APG).
Western Carolina is 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall. The Catamounts are also 5-2 ATS in the last seven games following an ATS win and 1-5 ATS in the last six versus the ACC.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last six Wednesday games and 26-10-2 ATS in their last 38 home games. North Carolina is also 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win and the over is 4-0 in their last four home games.
Western Carolina is a bit of an enigma this year, as they’re prone to fits of ineptitude but also have shown flashes of being a much better team than their record indicates. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, have been taking care of business since that ugly showing against the Spartans, but may get caught looking past this game to Tennessee. Call me crazy, but with such a thick line I’m taking the Catamounts to cover here.