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North Carolina vs. Tennessee Tech - 11/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0)
Date & Time Friday November 16, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -33.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ACCN
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NCAA BB | Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0)
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the North Carolina Tar Heels will be matching up in college basketball activity from Dean Smith Center on Friday. 

The Eagles come into this one at 0-3 so far on the season. Tennessee Tech opened things up with a 76-61 loss to Memphis, then dropped another one to Presbyterian 80-65 in their second game. 

On Tuesday versus Savannah State, Tennessee Tech fell 97-83. The Golden Eagles’ lead scorer in that one was Hunter Vick with 22 points and six assists, while Micaiah Henry added 21 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Alexander doubled up on 12 points and 13 boards alongside seven assists. 

Over on the North Carolina side, they’re currently 3-0 following an opening win against Wofford 78-67 and a 116-67 beatdown of Elon in their second game. The Tar Heels continued against Stanford with a 90-72 victory. 

In the Cardinal game, North Carolina’s lead scorer was Cameron Johnson with 17 points and seven rebounds, followed by Luke Maye with 16 points and eight rebounds. Kenny Williams and Garrison brooks were also in double-digits with 12 points apiece. 

The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 overall. Tennessee Tech is 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 Friday games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, North Carolina is 6-2 ATS in their last eight Friday games and 35-16-3 ATS in their last 54 home games. The under is 4-1 in the Heels’ last five Friday games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. 

Tennessee Tech does have some pretty good playmakers on their roster, and they’re scoring reasonably well over the past game or two, but they’re also giving up way too much on the other side. 

As for NC, well, they’re NC. They’re good. The Tar Heels are deep and well-rounded; they should do some damage this year. 

All things considered, I think the Eagles have enough scoring to get in and cover here.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +33.5

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