Notre Dame vs. North Carolina - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (13-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Joyce Center)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion.
The North Carolina Tar Heels need a win here after splitting their last six games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 41 percent shooting. Luke Maye is averaging 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 17.6 points and 2.9 assists. Kenny Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won three of their last five road games.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for a statement win after winning six of their last eight games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 77.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 64.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Matt Farrell is averaging 15.9 points and 5.1 assists while TJ Gibbs is averaging 14.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. Rex Pflueger is dishing 2.8 assists and Martinas Geben is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won four straight home games.
The Tar Heels are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Fighting Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Tar Heels are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I'm not that high on North Carolina, but you have no choice but to side with the Tar Heels in this spot. Notre Dame is still without its top two players in Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell, and in two games without them, the Irish have barely topped 50 points. It's going to be a struggle for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish until they can get healthy. I'll eat the chalk with what I think is an average Tar Heels squad.