Bet Louisville vs North CarolinaNoah Williams
One of the best games of the week will have the seventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals facing the eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels under the lights of prime time. The college hoops odds favor UNC by 5.5-points to win this tilt. Tip-off is this Wednesday, February 22nd at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Louisville Cardinals Vs North Carolina Tar Heels Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (22-5) at No. 8 North Carolina (23-5)
When: Wednesday, Thursday 22, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Dean E. Smith Center
Stadium: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Spread: UNC -5.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Louisville vs North Carolina
Why Bet The Louisville Cardinals To Beat The Tar Heels
The Cardinals have won three games in a row and six of their last seven. They beat Virginia Tech 94-90 over the weekend. They are 22-5 SU and 16-9-1 ATS this season. They average 77.8 points per game (80th) and allow 64.1 points per game (31st).
Louisville shoots 45.2% from the field (131st) and 36.5% from beyond the arc (113th). Sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell (15.6 PPG & 4.7 RPG) had a tremendous game against Virginia Tech, shooting 8-13 from the field and 5-7 from three-point land for 26 points on the night. Junior guard Quentin Snider (12.5 PPG & 4.1 APG) added 19 points.
"Every team is going to fight, even the teams who are at the bottom of the ACC are going to fight," Mitchell said. "Everybody is fighting to make the tournament. We’re going to get every team’s best shot being a ranked team because if they beat a (ranked team), there is a good chance that will get them into the tournament."
Louisville averages 40.0 rebounds per game (16th), 13.7 assists (170th) and 6.93 steals. Their point differential is +13.66. Junior forward Jaylen Johnson leads the team with 6.4 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell tops with 2.1 steals.
Why Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels To Beat The Cardinals
The North Carolina Tar Heels have won four of their last five games, including a 65-41 victory over Virginia over the weekend. They are 23-5 SU and 14-13 ATS this season. They average 86.9 points per game (6th) and allow 71.0 points per game (145th).
The Tar Heels shoot 47.8% from the field (36th) and 37.1% from three-point land (89th). Junior forward Justin Jackson (18.6 PPG & 4.7 RPG) scored 20 points against the Cavaliers. He went 7-14 from the field and 4-8 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Kennedy Meeks (12.6 PPG & 9.2 RPG) added 13 points.
"I thought we had a sense of urgency defensively," NC coach Roy Williams said. "I thought we tried to do it, but I don’t think we were as good as the statistics will look like."
North Carolina averages 44.0 rebounds (1st), 18.3 assists (3rd), and 7.21 steals per game. They have a +15.89 point differential. Kennedy Meeks leads the team with 9.8 rebounds and Joel Berry II is tops with 1.5 steals per game.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Louisville are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog.
- Louisville is 6-2 on the road.
- UNC is 6-2 at home.
- UNC is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- UNC is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games as a home favorite.
Louisville vs North Carolina ATS Pick
Louisville and North Carolina have split four meetings since the Cardinals joined the ACC, though this is only the second time they’ll play in Chapel Hill as league members.
Bet North Carolina to cover the spread.