Notre Dame at North Carolina: 3/10/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Notre Dame at North Carolina: 3/10/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (16-9) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-14)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -6 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and North Carolina Tar Heels will square off at Greensboro Coliseum in the 2nd round of the ACC Championship this Wednesday night.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished their regular season with an overall record of 11-14 and earned the 11-seed in the ACC Championship after finishing conference play with a 7-11 record. Notre Dame was able to advance to the 2nd round after a dramatic 80-77 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons last night. Notre Dame trailed Wake Forest by a 75-63 margin with 7:19 left in regulation, however, the Fighting Irish defense was solid the rest of the way and Notre Dame was able to get the victory after Trey Wertz hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Notre Dame shot 51.7% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc while Wake forest shot 39.7% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Juwan Durham who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, & 1 steal.

On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 73.2 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Notre Dame has been led by Prentiss Hubb (14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.0 apg), Nate Laszewski (13.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Dane Goodwin (12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), & Cormac Ryan (10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg).

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Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The North Carolina Tar Heels finished their regular season with an overall record of 16-9 and earned the 6-seed in the ACC Championship after finishing conference play with a 10-6 record. North Carolina was not much of a threat from beyond on the arc offensively, however, still come into the ACC tournament ranked 89th in scoring offense and 41st in assists per game. Defensively, the Tar Heels rank 155th in scoring defense and are the top-rebounding team in the country with a rebound margin of 10.7. North Carolina has had an up-and-down season as although they picked up some solid wins against Florida State & Louisville, this is the same team that recently loss to both Marquette & Syracuse.

On the season, North Carolina is averaging 74.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Tar Heels are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Carolina has been led by Armando Bacot (11.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Garrison Brooks (10.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), Caleb Love (10.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg), & Day’Ron Sharpe (9.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, North Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Tar Heels have a rebound margin of 10.7 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Fighting Irish are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Tar Heels are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral stie games as a favorite.

Notre Dame pulled of a great victory to keep their season alive, however, having to come back by a double-digit deficit against a Wake Forest team that lost their previous seven games by an average of 19.0 ppg. North Carolina is clearly the more talented team in this one and as I think the Tar Heels will have a clear advantage on the boards and that their offense will have plenty of success against Notre Dame’s 250th ranked scoring defense, I am taking North Carolina to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!

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