Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina Tar Heels OddsJosh Bailey
Fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 ACC) host the number eleven Miami Hurricanes (20-4, 9-3 ACC) in a key Atlantic Coast Conference battle on Saturday, Feb. 20. Tip-off is at 1:00 pm ET. The game takes place at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the No. 11 Miami Hurricanes vs No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels College Hoops Odds
The college basketball betting odds favor UNC by 6.5-points to beat the U. The Tar Heels will be looking to make amends for falling 73 to 74 to Duke on Feb. 17. North Carolina averages over 83 points per matchup. Miami averages over 77 points. But both teams play defense well.
What: No. 12 Miami Hurricanes at No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels
When: Saturday February 20, 2016
Tip Off: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center
Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Miami vs North Carolina
Bet The #11 Miami Hurricanes Because…
The Canes have been hot. Miami has gone 5 and 0 straight up and 4 and 1 ATS in their last 5. They have quality road ACC wins over Georgia Tech 75 to 68 and Florida State 67 to 65. They have a nice 9 point home win over Notre Dame in a 79 to 70 game on Feb. 3. The Hurricanes’ defense is starting to peak. The under is a terrific 4 and 0 in the last 4 Miami games. The under is 7 and 3 in the last 10 Miami games. Miami is 8 and 2 straight up in those last 10, meaning that their defense has been shutting down opponents.
Bet The #5 North Carolina Tar Heels Because…
North Carolina has no shot at a Top 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament unless they start dominating teams like Miami. The Tar Heels blew it against the Duke Blue Devils, their biggest rivals, on Feb. 17. North Carolina had a chance to make a statement to the Selection Committee. Instead, they lost. Since the Tar Heels beat Miami 73 to 64 the last time that they played the Canes, and the 2 teams haven’t changed all that much, North Carolina could make a statement in this Saturday battle.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
North Carolina should bounce back brilliantly versus Miami on Saturday. The Canes won’t be pushovers, but the Tar Heels know that they let a major opportunity slip through their fingers on Wednesday night.
You have to expect that North Carolina’s front line, led by Brice Johnson, will find a way to exploit some deficiencies along Miami’s front line. North Carolina has to have Marcus Paige and Joel Berry III step it up in this game. Paige only hit 2 out of 10 field goals versus Duke. He missed all 6 of his three point shots against Duke. Joel Berry III hit only 2 out of 12 shots from the field against the Blue Devils.
If Paige and Berry III have bad games against Miami, the Canes’ Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan will make them pay. My guess is that Paige and Berry III bounce back on Feb. 20. I like NC.