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North Carolina vs. Duke - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Duke vs. North Carolina
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: North Carolina +2.5 -- Over/Under: 162
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Friday in the college basketball ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center.

The Duke Blue Devils look for another victory after beating Syracuse on Thursday. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 84.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39.5 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.4 points and 7.5 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 2.2 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.3 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won six of their last eight non-home games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another win after beating Louisville on Thursday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 86.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 72.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while Coby White is averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 assists. Luke Maye is the third double-digit scorer and Nassir Little is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won their last 10 non-home games.

The Blue Devils are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Atlantic Coast, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Tar Heels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 33-16-2 in Blue Devils last 51 overall. The under is 15-7 in Tar Heels last 22 overall.

The North Carolina Tar Heels were pretty much in complete control of both meetings this season, but Duke having Zion Williamson back in kind of a big deal, as he takes away the clear advantage on the glass and gives the Blue Devils an unstoppable force in the paint offensively. It also allows Reddish and Barrett to be themselves and not have to do everything scoring wise. Duke shot almost 54 percent last night against a good Syracuse defense, and that was with Zion in his first game back. There's a revenge factor here and you know Duke was hoping to get an honest shot against its rival. It's here. I'll lay the bucket with the Blue Devils.

Pick:
Duke -2.5

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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