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North Carolina-Wilmington vs. North Carolina - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina-Wilmington vs. North Carolina
Date & Time Friday November 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Trask Coliseum
Wilmington, NC
The Line
North Carolina Tar Heels -21.5 . Total 162.5
TV Channel
FloSports
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Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

The 9th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels hit the road for an in-state game with mid major, UNC Wilmington Seahawks.  The Tar Heels are (1-0) on the season.  The Tar Heels beat Notre Dame 76-65 to open the season.  The Seahawks (1-0) opened the season with a win over non-division 1 Johnson & Wales, 103-83. 

The Tar Heels were led in scoring by freshman Cole Anthony.  Anthony recorded a double-double, netting 34 points and 11 rebounds.  Garrison Brooks was the only other Tar Heel in double figures.  Brooks added 10 points and blocked 3 shots.  UNC shot 50% from 3 point range, making 10 of 20.  The Tar Heels smoked Notre Dame on the boards, out rebounding them 51-31.  UNC was sloppy at times, committing 18 turnovers.  The Tar Heels led by as many as 16 in the game.

The Seahawks had 5 players that finished in double figures in the game.  Jylen Sims led the way with 19 points, making 7 of 10 shots.  Jay Estime' contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds.  The Seahawks shot 49% for the game from the floor.  UNC Wilmington smoked Johnson & Wales from the foul line.  The Seahawks out scored them 20 to 5 from the foul line.  UNC Wilmington led by as many as 26 in the win. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Tar Heels are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games.

Tar Heels are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

The under is 5-1 in Tar Heels last 6 road games.

Seahawks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the ACC.

Seahawks are 5-14-1 in their last 20 non-conference games.

The over is 11-1 in Seahawks last 12 home games.

The Tar Heels have won the last 4 meetings against the Seahawks.  This includes a 97-69 win over the Seahawks last year.  During those 4 games the Tar Heels are averaging 87 points compared to 62 for the Seahawks.  UNC coach Roy Williams doesn't mind going to an in-state mid major school for a game, last year the Tar Heels played at Wofford and Elon.  Side note, I wish we would see this more often.  Anyway, this is a game where the Tar Heels should cover.  The Tar Heels have better talent and will be a lot more physical then the Seahawks.  Final score prediction, Tar Heels win and cover, 92-67.   

Pick:
UNC -21.5
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