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North Carolina vs. Notre Dame - 1/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Notre Dame at North Carolina
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dean E. Smith Center
Chapel Hill, NC
The Line
North Carolina Tar Heels -15 -- Over/Under: 158.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet in college basketball ACC-tion from the Dean E. Smith Center on Tuesday night.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to find some consistency after splitting their last 4 games, but took a step in the right direction with a 69-66 win over Boston College last time out. John Mooney led the Irish with 27 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double while Prentiss Hubb added 16 points, with 4 threes, 6 rebounds, a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals as the only other Notre Dame player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Nate Laszewski added 8 points and 10 rebounds as well in the win for Notre Dame. Temple Gibbs missed the game due to an illness, but still leads the Irish with an average of 14.7 points and 3.9 assists per game while Mooney leads the Irish in rebounding with 9.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Notre Dame is averaging 75.2 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 74.5% from the foul line this season.

The North Carolina Tar Heels will look to rebound after suffering a humiliating 83-62 loss at home to Louisville as 11-point favorites in their last outing. Kenny Williams led the Tar Heels with 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting while Cameron Johnson added 10 points with 3 steals as the only other North Carolina player to finish in double-digits scoring in the losing effort. Luke Maye shot just 3 of 14 from the floor with 9 points and a team-high 11 rebounds with a pair of blocks as well in the loss. Johnson leads UNC in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Williams leads North Carolina in assists with 3.9 assists per game and Maye leads the Tar Heels in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 14.4 points to go along with his team-leading 10 rebounds per game this season. As a team, North Carolina is averaging 88.2 points per game, the 7th-most in D-I this season, on 46.8% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the 3-point line and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

Notre Dame is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

UNC’s loss to Louisville was the worst Tar Heel loss at home under Roy Williams, and considering how long Coach Williams has been with the program, that says something. However, while the possibility of another Notre Dame game without Gibbs is not ideal for Notre Dame in this spot, the Irish do have a history of playing North Carolina close, with 6 of the last 9 meetings being decided by single digits. The home team has had success in this matchup, but I’m leaning towards this year’s UNC squad being slightly overrated so I’ll take a shot with Notre Dame and the points in this one.

Pick:
Notre Dame +15

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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