Marquette at North Carolina : 2/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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North Carolina Tar Heels (14-7) vs Marquette Golden Eagles (10-12)
Game Info: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Dean E. Smith Center)
Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -8 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Marquette Golden Eagles and North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the Dean Smith Center.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are having a down year and coming into this game they sit with a 10-12 record overall. Even with all the struggles, Marquette is coming off a win in their last game against Butler, a game they only gave up 57 points. Marquette is averaging 70.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 69.9 points per game. Marquette is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. D.J.Carton has been the best player for Marquette averaging 12.6 points while shooting 45.3 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the North Carolina Tar Heels who sit with a 14-7 record overall and coming into this game they have won two games in a row. In the last game against Louisville it was the offense that was the difference putting up 99 points and that led to the victory. North Carolina on the season is averaging 74.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.8 points per game. At home this season the offense has been even better averaging 80.8 points per game, and it’s going to be about running up the score in this one. North Carolina doesn’t really have a star player but they have four players who are averaging at least 10 points per game.
Marquette is 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 road games.THe under is 5-2-2 in Marquette’s last nine games overall. The over is 7-3 in North Carolina’s last 10 games overall. The under is 11-4-1 in North Carolina’s last 16 games played on Wednesday.
North Carolina is the better team, and Marquette is going to struggle to keep up. Look for the Tar Heels to do enough to come away with a win and a cover of the spread. In terms of the total, I do expect the pace of this game to be quick and the over is a nice play there.