Louisville at North Carolina: 2/21/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Louisville at North Carolina: 2/21/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (19-8) vs Louisville Cardinals (12-14)

Game Info: Monday, February 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Dean E. Smith Center)

Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -9.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Louisville Cardinals and North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Monday in a college basketball showdown at the Dean Smith Center. When these two teams faced off on February 1st it was North Carolina that won 90-83. 

Brady Manek was the top player for North Carolina scoring 24 points and grabbing six rebounds. Louisville was led by EJ Ellis who finished with 25 points. 

Louisville currently sits with a 12-14 record overall and they have gone 8-17-1 against the spread. In the last game against Clemson, the defense was strong giving up only 61 points and that led to the nine point victory. The Cardinals are averaging 68.3 points while their defense is giving up 69.3 points per game. Noah Locke has been the top player for Louisville averaging 9.7 points while shooting 35.6 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the three point line. In this game, Louisville is going to need the defense to be good.

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On the other side of this matchup is the North Carolina Tar Heels who sit with a 19-8 record and they have gone 12-14-1 against the spread. In the last game against Virginia Tech, the defense was elite giving up only 57 points, and that led to the comfortable victory. The Tar Heels are averaging 77.8 points while their defense is giving up 72.4 points per game. Armando Bacot has been the top player for North Carolina averaging 16.1 points while shooting 57.5 percent from the field. In this game if the defense is good, North Carolina will be in good shape. 

North Carolina is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games played on Monday. Louisville is 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven road games. The over is 6-1 in North Carolina’s last six games overall. The over is 8-2 in Louisville’s last 10 games played on Monday. 

North Carolina is most comfortable playing at a fast pace, and there will be no shortage of scoring in this game. The Tar Heels defense has been the biggest issue all season and Louisville will score plenty too. Back the over to cash. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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