Virginia Cavaliers at North Carolina Tar Heels
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Dean Smith Center)
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The Virginia Cavaliers and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Virginia Cavaliers look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 56.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 51.6 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Mamadi Diakite is averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while Braxton Key is averaging 10.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. Kihei Clark is the third double-digit scorer and Jay Huff is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 28.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Virginia Cavaliers have lost four of their last six road games.
The North Carolina Tar Heels need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 71.4 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Cole Anthony is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 assists while Garrison Brooks is averaging 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. Brandon Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Armando Bacot is grabbing eight rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost five of their last six home games.
The home team is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings. The favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Virginia and UNC are a combined 16-31 ATS this season and neither team is living up to its potential, so you can understand the line being a near pick em. While Virginia is playing the better basketball and has the best defense in the country, the Cavs also can't score and are shooting just 41.7 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from three on the road. The North Carolina Tar Heels need to start winning games to hav any hope of sneaking into the big dance, and their recent game against Duke showed potential of turning things around. I'll back UNC at home, but I'm not all that confident.