North Carolina at Duke: 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

North Carolina at Duke: 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Blue Devils (26-4) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (22-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -11 -- Over/Under: 154 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium. This is the biggest game of the day with Coach K coaching inside Cameron Indoor one last time. 

When these two teams faced off in February it was Duke that came away with the 87-67 victory. AJ Griffin was the top player for Duke scoring 27 points. North Carolina was led by Brady Manek who finished with 21 points and six rebounds. 

North Carolina comes into this game with a 22-8 record overall and they have 14-15-1 against the spread. North Carolina has been inconsistent at times, but they have won four games in a row. In the last game against Syracuse the offense put up 88 points and that led to the nine point victory. North Carolina is averaging 78.1 points while their defense is giving up 72.4 points per game. Armanodo Bacot has been the top player for North Carolina averaging 16.4 points while shooting 58.5 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Duke Blue Devils who sit with a 26-4 record and they have gone 17-11-2 against the spread. In the last game against Pitt the defense was elite giving up 56 points and that led to the 30 point victory. Duke is averaging 80.3 points while their defense is giving up 65.1 points per game. Paolo Banchero has been the best player for Duke averaging 16.9 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the three point line. There are five different players that are averaging at least 10 points per game. 

North Carolina is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games played on Saturday. The over is 8-2 in North Carolina’s last 10 games. The over is 4-1 in Duke’s last five games overall. The over is 7-1-1 in North Carolina’s last nine games played on Saturday. 

All eyes are going to be on Cameron Indoor on Saturday night, and Duke is going to show out for their coach. Duke is going to run up the score against the terrible North Carolina defense, and that is going to be the difference. Back Duke against the spread. In terms of the total there will be plenty of scoring, and the over is going to cash. 

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