Lehigh vs North Carolina Prediction -College Basketball Picks 11/12/23

North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0) vs Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0-2)

Game Info: Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Dean E. Smith Center)

Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -24 -- Over/Under: 154 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Lehigh Mountain Hawks and North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Sunday in a college basketball showdown at the Dean Smith Center. 

North Carolina Defense Can’t Get Out to Slow Start

North Carolina comes into this game with a 1-0 record overall, but the first game they didn’t look exactly dominant. In the first half against Radford, the defense gave up 41 points and they were only leading by five. In the second half the defense was a little better and they did pull away on the way to the 86-70 victory. Even though the defense wasn’t good, the offense sure was impressive, and they shot 52.5 percent from the field. They also shot 35 percent from behind the three point line. Armando Barcot did have a satrong game putting up 25 points, 13 rebounds, and one assist. 

Slow Start for Lehigh

Lehigh has played two games so far this season and they have struggled. In the first game against Cornell, Lehigh was defeated 84-78 and in the last game against Penn State they were defeated 74-65. At halftime against Penn State, Lehigh was tied, but in the second half they couldn’t hold on and ended up losing by nine. Lehigh only shot 23.1 percent from behind the three point line and in this game if they want a chance, they are going to need to hit some shots from deep. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Lehigh was competitive in the last game, they just ran out of gas in the second half against Penn State. The North Carolina defense is still an issue and their defense is going to be a major issue again here. Look for North Carolina to have no issue running up the score, but I also expect they are going to allow a ton of points to Lehigh. Lehigh is going to score enough to cover the spread. 

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

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