Notre Dame vs. North Carolina - 2/17/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Purcell Pavilion)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

TV: ESPN

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet in college basketball action from Joyce Center on Monday.

The Tar Heels enter this one at 10-15 on the year. North Carolina has lost five straight games, falling to Boston College, Florida State, Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia in that time.

In the loss to Virginia, North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks led the way on 20 points with five rebounds and four assists. Cole Anthony added 17 points with five assists there and Armando Bacot had 16 rebounds with eight points.

Over on the Irish side, they’re 15-10 this year. Notre Dame had a four-game win streak end earlier this month, and they’ve dropped their last two games versus Virginia and Duke since then.

In the loss to the Devils, Notre Dame’s Juwan Durham had 21 points with four rebounds and one assist. Also in double-digits there was John Mooney with 19 points and nine rebounds.

The Irish are 1-7 ATS in the last eight Monday games and 3-0-1 ATS in the last four after an ATS loss. Notre Dame is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall.

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 after an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last six versus a team with a winning straight-up record. The under is 13-3 in the last 16 road games and the over is 5-2-1 in their last eight after an ATS loss.

Since the near-stunner versus Duke, North Carolina has had some mixed results. The Heels fell by 17 to Wake Forest, then hung punch for punch with a revived Virginia team that’s back to playing solid ball again. It’s been quite the gauntlet over the last five games.

Notre Dame did well (but still lost) versus Virginia also but were blown off the floor in the Duke game by a whopping 34 points. Notre Dame is obviously way better than that, but I still like North Carolina to hang around here and cover.

Andrew’s Pick North Carolina Tar Heels +4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.