Duke vs. North Carolina - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke vs. North Carolina - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (13-17) at Duke Blue Devils (24-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -12 -- Over/Under: 152

TV: ESPN

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for a win to build on their three-game winning streak. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 72.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Cole Anthony is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 assists while Garrison Brooks is averaging 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. Brandon Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Armando Bacot is grabbing eight rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost four of their last five road games.

The Duke Blue Devils need a win after splitting their last six games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 82.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Vernon Carey Jr. is averaging 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds while Tre Jones is averaging 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. Cassius Stanley is the third double-digit scorer and Matthew Hurt is grabbing four rebounds. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won six straight home games.

The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The North Carolina Tar Heels should have beat Duke last month as 7.5-point underdogs but couldn't find a way to close the game twice. The Duke Blue Devils win at home by an average of 21.8 points, but they've been shaky their last several games and are just 2-3 against the spread in their last five games overall. The North Carolina Tar Heels are riding a decent little winning streak as we get ready for conference play, and nine of the last 10 meetings between UNC and Duke have been decided by 10 or less points. Give me UNC and the free buckets.

Randy’s Pick North Carolina Tar Heels +12

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.