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Louisville vs. North Carolina - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina at Louisville
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
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Louisville, Kentucky
The Line
Louisville Cardinals -1 O/U: 157
TV Channel
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The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Louisville Cardinals will meet up on the college basketball court Saturday.

North Carolina enters this one with a 16-4 mark on the year. The Tar Heels are currently sitting on a four-game winning streak, taking out Notre Dame, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech in that stretch.

In the win over Georgia Tech, North Carolina guard Cameron Johnson led the way with 22 points, three rebounds and three assists. Coby White also had a nice line for the Tar Heels with 19 points, eight assists and three rebounds.

Over on the Louisville side, they’re 16-5 this season. The Cardinals are riding a six-game win streak right now, taking out UNC, Boston College, Georgia Tech, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest in that time.

In the victory against the Deacons, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora logged 20 points with six rebounds and one assist. Dwayne Sutton doubled up in that one for the Cardinals, logging 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on the night.

The Tar Heels are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six after an ATS win. UNC is also 7-2 ATS in their last nine overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 versus the ACC.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the ACC. Louisville is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 after an ATS win.

This is a big matchup, so make sure you carve out some time to check it out. The looming factor here will be Louisville’s 83-62 victory over the Tar Heels back on January 12, and the result of this game will tell us a lot about each team as we creep toward March.

Even with a lot of things working in their favor, I’m not convinced the Cardinals will run away with this one. UNC will take things very seriously here, and I like the Tar Heels to bang out a victory in a must-see matchup. Both teams are red hot ATS lately though, so you can make a firm case either way.

North Carolina Tar Heels +1

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