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North Carolina vs. Louisville - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisville at North Carolina
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dean Smith Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Line
North Carolina Tar Heels -12 O/U: 160
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Louisville at North Carolina
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The Louisville Cardinals and the North Carolina Tar Heels will meet up on the college basketball court Saturday.

Louisville enters this matchup at 10-5 so far. The Cardinals are 4-2 over their last six games, but have lost two of their last three to Kentucky and Pittsburgh since December 29.

In the OT loss to Pitt, Louisville’s Christen Cunningham led the team on 23 points, five assists and two rebounds. Steven Enoch added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Cards and Dwayne Sutton put up 12 points and 11 boards.

Over on the North Carolina side, they’re 12-3 this season. Since falling to Kentucky on December 22, the Tar Heels have taken out Davidson, Harvard, Pittsburgh and NC State in succession.

In the win over the Wolfpack, North Carolina’s Luke May put up 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team. Also posting double-doubles were Kenny Williams (15 points; 10 rebounds) and Cameron Johnson (15 points; 11 rebounds).

The Cardinals are 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in the last six following a straight-up loss. Louisville is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six overall and the over is 4-0 in their last four versus the ACC.

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six versus the ACC. North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in the last five following a straight-up win and 39-19-4 ATS in their last 62 home games.

Louisville didn't really show up against Kentucky (71-58), but they did push a plucky Pitt team to the brink and could have won that game in a number of different spots. Otherwise, the Cardinals have some signature wins on their resume already and are looking solid overall.

As for North Carolina, their solid win over NC State should provide some significant momentum coming into this one, and they’ll need to stay focused because there are some tough squads looming on the schedule.

I’m sticking with North Carolina in what should be a great game to watch.

Pick:
North Carolina Tar Heels -12

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