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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(12-14) Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (19-8)
Date: Monday, February 21st, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
CBB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals +360 | Tar Heels -475
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Louisville +9.5 | UNC -9.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 144
The North Carolina Tar Heels (19-8 overall, 11-5 ACC) will host the Louisville Cardinals (12-14, 6-10) on Monday in an ACC matchup from the Dean Smith Center.
These teams previously played on February 1st in Louisville. The Tar Heels grabbed the road win 90-83 in an exciting overtime game. North Carolina’s Armando Bacot recorded a monster double-double performance with 19 points and 22 rebounds.
On Saturday, Louisville beat Clemson 70-61 at home and finally ended their seven-game losing streak in the process. The Cardinals were tied up at the break but were able to turn turnovers into points and pull away in the second half. Noah Locke led the way offensively with a game high 15 points.
Louisville is 10th in the ACC, and unless they can on a shocking stretch of upsets in the ACC Tournament, the postseason looks unlikely for the Cardinals. It’s been a very disappointing season for a team that already fired their highly paid previous coach Chris Mack midway through the season.
Louisville is 129th in the nation according to KenPom. The defense is the strength ranking 85th in adjusted efficiency, and the offense is 186th.
Guard Noah Locke leads the team with 9.7 points per game, followed by Forward Malik Williams with 9.6 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina finds themselves on the fringe for the upcoming NCAA postseason According to Joe Lunardi’s ESPN Bracketology, the Tar Heels would be a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today. The Tar Heels are tied for 3rd in the ACC standings with Miami and are two games back from the top team Duke.
North Carolina won on the road this past Saturday against Virginia Tech 65-57. The Tar Heels were up by 8 points at the break and played even the rest of the way to win comfortably. Armando Bacot finished with his 20th double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
North Carolina is 43rd overall in the KenPom rankings. They are led by the offense that is 25th in adjusted efficiency while their defense is 88th in adjusted efficiency.
The Tarheels have four players averaging more than 13 points per game, led by Armando Bacot with 16.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per games. Caleb Love averages 15.3 ppg and leads the team with 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contests.
Bacot has 20 double-doubles this season, already tied for fourth most in UNC single season history. Bacot finsihed with 19 points and 22 rebounds in the first meeting against Lousiville.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Louisville is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games
- Louisville is 3-10 SU in their last 13 games
- Louisville UNDERS are 8-3 in their last 11 games
- North Carolina is 4-2-1 ATS in their last 7 games
- North Carolina is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games
- North Carolina OVERS are 8-2 in their last 10 games
4* Free Louisville vs. North Carolina CBB Betting Prediction: Louisville +9.5
As bad as the record has been, the Cardinals have not been blown out much. Louisville has dropped 10 of their last 12 games, but only 1 of their previous 5 losses has come by 10 points or more, including games against Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Miami.
North Carolina is the better team in this matchup but they’ve been known to play down to inferior opponents this season. The Tar Heels have played well at home but this spread is much larger than they’ve been used to seeing at the Dean Smith Center.
Louisville can hang with North Carolina and we saw that ability when these teams played the first time this season.
Take the Cardinals to just keep this game within single digits and cover on the road.
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