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North Carolina vs. North Carolina State - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina State at North Carolina
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dean E. Smith Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: North Carolina -11 -- Over/Under: 163
TV Channel
ACC
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The NC State Wolfpack and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The NC State Wolfpack could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 81.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Torin Dorn is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while C.J. Bryce is averaging 12 points and 1.7 assists. Markell Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Devon Daniels is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have lost three of their last five road games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 87.1 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16 points and 5.7 rebounds while Coby White is averaging 14.8 points and 4.2 assists. Luke Maye is the third double-digit scorer and Nassir Little is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won nine of their last 10 home games.

The Wolfpack are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Tar Heels are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 Tuesday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wolfpack are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 9-2 in Tar Heels last 11 overall. The under is 5-1 in Wolfpack last 6 overall.

The North Carolina Tar Heels already beat NC State on the road by eight points about a month ago. The NC State Wolfpack are coming off one of the worst shooting performances in the history of college basketball against Virginia Tech, and they're shooting 37.6 percent from the field in their last five games overall. The North Carolina Tar Heels are winning by an average of 13.8 points in their last five games and are outscoring teams by an average of 18.2 points at home this season thanks to 47.8 percent shooting. This is a rivalry game and NC State should be up for it, especially after being embarrassed in its last outing. I'm just not convinced the Wolfpack have the horses to hang in this contest. I'll eat the chalk with UNC.

Pick:
North Carolina -11

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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