Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cardinals vs Tar Heels CBB Odds
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(23-5) Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (22-5)
2017 NCAA Basketball – ACC
Date: Wednesday, February 22 2017
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: UNC -4.5
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These are two top 10 teams so there should be a lot of juice for this one even though Louisville/UNC is not quite a rivalry.
The Cardinals are good but to be honest I lost track of them. I thought they had more like eight losses.
UNC is at the top of the ACC standings, just ahead of Louisville. This game could be huge in determining the regular season winner.
The ACC is tight at the top. Any one of 5 or 6 teams could win the regular season title and the Cardinals are definitely part of that mix.
As good as the Cards are they are not the most blessed team talent wise. That is why they need their best players to be at the top of their game almost every night.
Donovan Mitchell seems to have gotten that message.
He leads the team at 15ppg and has been above that number in 7 straight. He can nearly always get his shot off and is tough to guard even if his shot selection is not always spot on.
Deng Adel has a similar profile to Mitchell but in a bigger body. Unfortunately while Mitchell’s consistency has improved throughout the season the same has not been true of Adel…but he can be a difference maker.
Both of those players have higher ceilings Quentin Snider might be the most important Cardinal of all. He sets the tone and can be a scorer when they need him to be.
Louisville consistently plays strong defense and has enough size to bother opponents. It will be critical in this one that they defensive rebound. UNC is great on the offensive glass.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels are coming off a very nice win over Virginia on the weekend. It is kind of hard to know exactly what to make of it as they won by 24 but only scored 65 points.
I am not buying that this group is suddenly a strong defensive team but it was nice to see Justin Jackson have a nice all around game, especially against a good defense like UVA. His six assists tied a season high and the more he doesn’t force his offense the better the team will play.
Joel Berry is a score first point but he was off in this one. Surprising because it was at home. He will need to shake it off and outplay Snider.
UNC has quality size in Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. Both might get a few of their shots blocked in this one but they are going to have to get over it for the Tar Heels to keep rolliing.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Cardinals are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Tar Heels are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- Tar Heels are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Free Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels NCAAB Prediction:
It is hard to bet against UNC at home. They are 14-0 there this season, 9-4 ATS.
Louisville, with that suffocating half court defense, is also an intriguing play, they are 4-2-1 ATS on the road this season.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UNC ATS
Look for UNC to be the favourite. I am assuming -6 or -7. Similar to when they hosted UVA over the weekend, even though that one was a blowout and could influence the line.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: North Carolina 76 – Louisville 67
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