Texas vs. North Carolina - 11/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) at Texas Longhorns (4-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Texas Longhorns +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Thursday in the college basketball Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena.
The Texas Longhorns look for a big victory here to build on their 4-0 start to the season. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 76.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Kerwin Roach II is averaging 15.3 points and 3.7 assists while Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 11.8 points and 9.8 rebounds. Jaxson Hayes is grabbing six rebounds and Elijah Mitrou-Long is dishing 3.5 assists. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Longhorns are allowing 29 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns have lost four of their last six non-home games.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels look for a big victory here to build on their 5-0 start to the season. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 98.6 points on 51.7 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 17 points and 6.2 rebounds while Luke Maye is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 assists. Nassir Little is the third double-digit scorer and Coby White is grabbing two rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 26.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won nine of their last 12 non-home games.
The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tar Heels are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12 and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Tar Heels last 4 overall. The under is 4-0 in Longhorns last 4 overall.
We're going to learn a lot about the Texas Longhorns in this game, who haven't had to travel much this season and haven't played anybody yet. I'm concerned with the lack of scoring options that Texas has, as great defense can only keep you in games for so long against top tier teams. The North Carolina Tar Heels have scored no less than 90 points in each of their last four games and are currently one of the best rebounding teams in the country. UNC should roll here once those shots start falling, as Texas doesn't have the ability to counter.