Miami Hurricanes (23-8) at North Carolina Tar Heels (23-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 8, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Miami Hurricanes +6 -- Over/Under:
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Miami Hurricanes meet Thursday in the college basketball ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center.
The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another victory after beating Notre Dame on Wednesday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Luke Maye is averaging 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 17.8 points and 3.2 assists. Kenny Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won four of their last five neutral site games.
The Miami Hurricanes enter the tournament on a four-game winning streak. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 74.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Dewan Huell is averaging 11.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while Lonnie Walker IV is averaging 11.6 points and 1.9 assists. Bruce Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Lykes is dishing 2.4 assists. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Hurricanes are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Hurricanes have won three of their last four neutral site games.
The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Hurricanes are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are coming off an impressive blowout win over Syracuse and are shooting the ball recently as well as they have all season. With that said, the Miami Hurricanes just beat UNC on the road a few weeks ago and finished the season strong. Miami has the athletes, the shooting and the length to give a lot of teams issues. You also have to like giving Jim Larrañaga an extra day to prepare, as he'll have his guys ready. I'm taking the points.