Free CBB Hoops Pick: Friars vs. Tar Heels Odds
Looking for Providence Friars vs. North Carolina Tar Heels free plays? CBB betting sees the Friars taking on the Tar Heels on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the PNC Arena Raleigh, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions.
(24-10) Providence Friars vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (29-6)
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: PNC Arena Raleigh, North Carolina.
CBB Moneyline Odds: Off
CBB Betting Odds: UNC -9.5
CBB Betting Total: 151
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Providence took out the slightly lower 8th seed USC in their opening round Big Dance game, but can they take out the region’s top seed? Most are drooling at the potential UNC vs. the winner of the Indiana vs. Kentucky game in an awesome possible Sweet 16 match up and the Friars look to throw a wrench in that.
UNC had no trouble in their first round Big Dance game and they have now won 6 straight games including winning the tough ACC tournament.
UNC finished the season 3rd ranked team in the nation and this season Providence was 4-5 facing top 25 teams.
In their opening round NCAA tournament games Providence beat USC 70-69 and North Carolina beat Florida Gulf Coast 83-67.
This game is being held at a neutral site at the PNC Arena Raleigh, North Carolina.
This is an East Region 2nd round game and Providence is the 9th seed and North Carolina is the top seed.
The Friars rank 153rd in the nation in scoring and 123rd in opponents’ points per game.
When looking at the stats for their win over USC you would think that Providence lost the game, as they only shot 40.3% from the floor while allowing the Trojans to shoot a FG% of 53.8%. However, they forced 12 turnovers in the game.
While Friars are led by star G Kris Dunn, who did go for 16 points in the USC game only going 5/13 from the floor, forwards Ben Bentil and Rodney Bullock were the top 2 scorers and their play will be key in this game.
These guys will face a formidable UNC front line and they have to play solid D in the paint and not allow the Tar Heels to dominate the glass.
UNC ranks 12th in the nation in points per game and Providence has to slow the game, as if this game becomes a shootout they have no chance facing a more athletic Tar Heels team.
This season Providence is 4-2 in neutral site games.
North Carolina Tar Heels
UNC does have a legit offense that scored 83 points in their opening Big Dance game, but they only rank 116th in the nation in opponents points per game.
Not only are the Tar Heels one of the most athletic teams in the nation, but they are very balanced as well. FW Brice Johnson can score, hit the boards, and protect the rim and the G duo of Marcus Paige and Joel Berry II can score and control the backcourt.
In their winning streak and ACC tournament run the Tar Heels have beaten Duke and Virginia. While any Big Dance is big the Tar Heels cannot look past the Friars, as they are a dangerous team that spent time in the top 25 this season.
This season North Carolina is 8-0 in games held at a neutral site.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Friars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.li>
- Friars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.li>
- The Friars have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.li>
- Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.li>
- Tar Heels are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.li>
- Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.li>
Free Providence Friars vs. North Carolina Tar Heels CBB Prediction:
The Friars may keep this game close in the first half, but UNC will take over and they will win this game and cover the spread as well.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Small Lean UNDER the Number
The Friars have only covered the spread 1 time in their last 5 games in the Big Dance and look for that trend to continue.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: UNC 80 – Providence 70
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