Duke at North Carolina: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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North Carolina Tar Heels (15-9) vs Duke Blue Devils (11-10)
Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Dean E. Smith Center)
Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -2.5 -- Over/Under: 148 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Dean Smith Center.
The Duke Blue Devils come into this game with an 11-10 record overall and this is a game that they can't lose if they want any chance of keeping their NCAA tournament hopes alive. Each of the last two games, Duke has forced overtime, but they haven’t been able to win the games and that was two games they needed to have. Duke on the season is averaging 76 points per game while their defense is giving up 72 points per game. Duke is led by Matthew Hurt who is averaging 18.9 points while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 45.9 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the North Carolina Tar Heels who sit with a 15-9 record overall but they have lost two of their last three games. In the last game against Syracuse, they were competitive, but couldn’t make the plays late and were defeated by two points. North Carolina at home this season is averaging 79.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.5 points per game. North Carolina is shooting 44.4 percent from the field but only 27.8 percent from deep and the shooting from deep needs to be improved. Armando Barcot has been the best player for North Carolina averaging 11.5 points while shooting 62.4 percent from the field.
Duke is 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 road games. The over is 25-8 in Duke’s last 33 vs. Atlantic Coast. The over is 12-4-1 in Duke’s last 17 Saturday games.
I don’t trust Duke, especially with them being on the road and they are going to struggle with their defense again in this game. North Carolina is going to run up the score and come away with a cover of the spread.