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North Carolina vs. Davidson - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Davidson Wildcats (9-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -15 -- Over/Under: 161
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Davidson Wildcats (9-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3)
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The Davidson Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The Davidson Wildcats look for a statement victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Davidson Wildcats are averaging 75.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Kellan Grady is averaging 19.4 points and 4.1 rebounds while Jon Axel Gudmundsson is averaging 18.1 points and 4.6 assists. Luka Brajkovic is the third double-digit scorer and Luke Frampton is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Davidson Wildcats are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Davidson Wildcats are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Davidson Wildcats have split their last two road games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 92.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 5.1 rebounds while Coby White is averaging 14.5 points and 3.7 assists. Luke Maye is the third double-digit scorer and Nassir Little is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won all five home games this season.

The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tar Heels are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 8-2 in Tar Heels last 10 overall. The over is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 overall.

The Davidson Wildcats usually get up for this game and the last two meetings have been decided by 10 or less points. It's no secret the North Carolina Tar Heels are the better team, but they've also been struggling defensively as of late and Davidson is still one of the better offenses in the country. This is going to be a high scoring game and Davidson has the firepower to hang around. I'll take the points in this contest.

Pick:
Davidson Wildcats +15

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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