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North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Pick & Preview: Friday, December 30th Betting Odds
Tar Heels vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels at Pittsburgh Panthers
- Where: Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds: North Carolina -6, NCAR -264 | PITT +210 O/U 148.5
Tar Heels Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Pittsburgh, the North Carolina Tar Heels will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 9-4. So far, the Tar Heels have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. This season, North Carolina has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1. For today’s contest, North Carolina have a betting line set -6 points in their favor.
North Carolina will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Love who is averaging 18.31 points per game for the Tar Heels. Love is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tar Heels’ offensive gameplan is the play of Armando Bacot who has hit 56.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 18.17 points per game.
So far this season, North Carolina has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (45th). This strong figure has come despite the Tar Heels playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.2% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. North Carolina’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%
The Pittsburgh Panthers will be looking to pick up their 14th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. Currently, the Panthers have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 7 times, going 3-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.
Blake Hinson comes into today’s game as the Panthers’ leading scorer at 16.92 points per contest. Not only has Hinson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Pittsburgh’s top rebounder at 7.46 boards per contest. Behind Hinson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jamarius Burton who is second on the team in scoring at 14.36 points per game. Overall, he has hit 53.6% of his shots and is adding 5.0 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pittsburgh this season, as they are currently ranked 442nd in college basketball at 61.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 392nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Pittsburgh Panthers +6
Our betting model for this contest between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the North Carolina Tar Heels has identified Pittsburgh at +6 as today’s best bet. Although the Panthers are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at home. Over the school’s last 10 home games, they have a record of 6-3-1 vs the spread. Although North Carolina has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Panthers’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Pittsburgh to cover as +6 point home underdogs.