The North Carolina Tar Heels are hosting the Virginia Cavaliers in college basketball action tonight. The game is scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The college basketball odds for the game have the Tar Heels favored to pick up the win in this one.
College Basketball Odds
North Carolina -5
Total: 135 points
Excellent resume-builder for either team here as both North Carolina and Virginia are going to be tough outs in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels still sit in first place in the ACC standings, a 10-3 record is a game better than Florida State, Louisville and Duke.
If the pace of this game is slow, it certainly benefits Virginia. The Cavaliers want to play this game in the 60s and not in the uppers 80s like North Carolina. Virginia leads the country in scoring defense once again, this year they are surrendering only 55.5 points per game to opponents. But each of their last two games has proven offense is going to play a major part in all of Virginia's games. Virginia Tech beat them in a higher-paced game that saw a lot of points, Duke beat them earlier this week in a slower style where the Blue Devils played well defensively.
Carolina wants to get out and go, they average 87.7 points per game and lead the country in rebounding per game as well. In adjusted efficiency rankings North Carolina is fourth-best offensively in averaging 122.4 points per 100 possessions, that gives them a distinct advantage on offense in this one tonight.
UNC has yet to lose at home in ACC play this season.
Free Pick: North Carolina
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