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North Carolina vs. Harvard - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Harvard Crimson (6-5) at North Carolina Tar Heels (9-3)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -16 -- Over/Under: 158
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Harvard Crimson (6-5) at North Carolina Tar Heels (9-3)
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The Harvard Crimson and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The Harvard Crimson look for a statement victory after splitting their last eight games. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 69.8 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Chris Lewis is averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while Justin Bassey is averaging 10.5 points and 2.7 assists. Noah Kirkwood is the third double-digit scorer and Danilo Djuricic is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have lost four of their last six road games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 91.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while Luke Maye is averaging 14.2 points and 1.9 assists. Coby White is the third double-digit scorer and Nassir Little is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won all six home games this season.

The Crimson are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Tar Heels are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The over is 8-3 in Tar Heels last 11 overall. The over is 5-1 in Crimson last 6 overall.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are obviously the better team and have beat teams into the ground at home this season, but the Harvard Crimson are a battle tested team that's had success on the road and all five of their losses have been decided by 10 or less points. Harvard is an above-average offensive team and has been a covering machine on the road dating back to last season. There's value with the points in this contest.

Pick:
Harvard Crimson +16

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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