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College Basketball North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes Start Time, Betting Odds, Free Pick

The Miami Hurricanes are hosting the North Carolina Tar Heels in college basketball action on Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on CBS. The college basketball odds for the game have the Tar Heels favored by a couple of possessions to pick up the win.

College Basketball Odds
North Carolina -5

North Carolina is playing like one of the better teams in the country right now. The Tar Heels are 19-3 overall and they’ve piled up seven consecutive wins. Roy Williams has surpassed the 800-win plateau and now the team can focus completely on winning basketball games and contending for an ACC title.

Currently the Tar Heels lead the conference at 7-1, Miami has fallen to 3-4 in league play and limp in with a 13-6 record. The Hurricanes are just 2-4 their last six games overall, the most recent win came against lowly Boston College 78-77 earlier this week.

The Tar Heels are loaded with talent and they can absolutely score points, averaging 89.5 per game to rank fourth-best in the country. They lead America in rebounding as well at nearly 46 per game and will look to continue to beat opponents up inside with their size and athleticism.

Miami is not a great scoring team, but they can get it done on defense. North Carolina is actually a better defense based solely on numbers and with the pace the Tar Heels like to play on offense, they could run right over the Hurricanes in this situation.

The Hurricanes have recently struggled keeping opponents off the board as well. In losses to Wake Forest and Duke they gave up 166 combined points, not to mention the 77 Boston College scored earlier this week.

Even on the road, North Carolina gets it done.

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