College Basketball Pick: Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tarheels – March 4, 2017
It’s the second match-up of one of the best rivalries in all of college basketball. Two of the best teams in college basketball will match up at the Dean Smith Center on Saturday, as the Duke Blue Devils take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. The first time these two teams played, Duke won at home. For North Carolina, they are coming off a tough loss to Virginia. In the loss, the Tar Heels scored just 43, a season low against Virginia. The loss snapped the four game winning streak for North Carolina. The Tar Heels are 13-4, and have already sealed the Atlantic Coast Conference top seed in the tournament.
For Duke, they are coming into the game with a 23-7 record. The Blue Devils are behind North Carolina, Louisville and Notre Dame in the standings. Duke is tied with Florida State for fourth in the conference standings. The Blue Devils are coming off a win over Florida State. North Carolina is -3 over Duke in this game.
North Carolina Tarheels (-3)
The North Carolina Tar Heels are led by their head coach Roy Williams. Williams is looking for an answer offensively, after the outage against Virginia. Despite that, the Tar Heels are scoring 85 points per game, which ranks 11th in the nation. Justin Jackson is the top scorer for North Carolina this season.
Jackson is scoring more than 18 points per game, while Joel Berry is adding 14.7 per game, and dishing out 4 assists. The Tar Heels also have a huge history in the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina will play in the tournament for the 48th time, and they are looking to get back to the national title game after falling to Villanova a season ago.
Duke Blue Devils (+3)
The Duke Blue Devils are going to be an awfully tough team to beat in the postseason. Many questioned Duke after their struggles in January. The Blue Devils lost three out of five games, and two in a row during that time. Duke is led by guard Luke Kennard, with just shy of 20 per game.
Grayson Allen is the second leading scorer for the Blue Devils, adding more than 14 points and dishing out 3.7 assists per game. Duke is scoring 80 points per game, and allowing just over 68. The Blue Devils will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 41st time in school history. Duke has been to the Final Four 16 times.
What a game this should be. The last time these two teams played, it was pretty even. The end result came due to the home court advantage for Duke. They hit a couple late shots, which will be tougher to hit on the road. Look for North Carolina to get the offense going.
This time the game will not be as close. Look for the Tar Heels to win this game by nearly double digits. The final bet for the big rivalry game on Saturday between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils is the home team. Bet on the Tar Heels -3 over the Duke Blue Devils.
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