Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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PITTSBURGH PANTHERS NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
12-9 January 31, 7:00 PM | Dean Smith Center 19-4

When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Team  Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Panthers +19 -110 +1600 Ov 160 -110
North Carolina Tar Heels -19 -110 -7195 Un 160 -110

The fans at Dean Smith Center will be treated to a game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the North Carolina Tar Heels when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (12-9, 1-7 ACC): Junior wing Justin Jackson (18.7 points) has scored at least 19 in seven straight games – averaging 21.4 in that span – after recording 21 with four 3-pointers at Miami. Joel Berry II is second on the team in scoring (14.8) and joins Jackson shooting at least 40 percent behind the arc, while senior forward Kennedy Meeks (12.7 points) leads the team on the boards (9.7). Versatile junior forward Theo Pinson (6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists) missed Saturday’s contest with an ankle injury and is not expected to play Tuesday.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (19-4, 7-2): Junior wing Justin Jackson (18.7 points) has scored at least 19 in seven straight games – averaging 21.4 in that span – after recording 21 with four 3-pointers at Miami. Joel Berry II is second on the team in scoring (14.8) and joins Jackson shooting at least 40 percent behind the arc, while senior forward Kennedy Meeks (12.7 points) leads the team on the boards (9.7). Versatile junior forward Theo Pinson (6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists) missed Saturday’s contest with an ankle injury and is not expected to play Tuesday.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Tar Heels listed as 19-point favorites versus the Panthers, while the game’s total is sitting at 160 according to GTBETS.

North Carolina was a 77-62 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Hurricanes. They failed to cover the -5.5-point spread as favorites.

Pittsburgh was a 67-60 loser in their most recent outing at home against Tigers. They failed to cover the +3-point spread as underdogs.

First-place North Carolina looks to rebound from a dispiriting road loss when it returns home to face struggling Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in an ACC matchup. The 10th-ranked Tar Heels had won seven straight contests before coming apart in a 77-62 loss at Miami (Fla.) on Saturday, which reduced their lead over second-place Virginia to one-half game in the conference.

North Carolina scored at least 85 points in seven straight ACC games – a school-record – before shooting 35 percent from the field and getting outrebounded against the Hurricanes on just 1 ½ days rest. “It was a big-time kicking of our rear ends,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams told reporters after his team’s first loss since Dec. 31. “They were more aggressive in everything they did.” Pittsburgh has dropped six consecutive contests – only two by five or fewer – after losing to Clemson 67-60 at home on Saturday, but boasts two of the top three scorers in the conference. Senior forwards Jamel Artis (21.1 points) and Michael Young (20.3) have been productive, but the Panthers need more support to pull the upset.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 12-9 SU,6-13-2 ATS
Current Streak: lost 6 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

North Carolina:
Team record: 19-4 SU,13-10 ATS
North Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 6 games
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Duke Saturday, February 4
North Carolina home to Notre Dame Saturday, February 4

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES

1. Young (1,614) is 20 points from passing Brian Shorter for 12th on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list and Artis (1,535) stands 16th.

2. North Carolina senior F Isaiah Hicks is third in the league in field goal percentage (60.4).

3. The Tar Heels won both meetings last season, including an 88-71 triumph in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Pittsburgh Panthers will cover the spread at +19 and the game will go over 160 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: North Carolina 90, Pittsburgh 72 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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