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

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LOUISVILLE CARDINALS NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
22-5 February 22, 9:00 PM | Dean Smith Center 23-5
Louisville at North Carolina, Betting Lines
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Point Spread Money Line Total
745 –Louisville Cardinals +5½ -105 +210 Ov 153 -110
746 –North Carolina Tar Heels -5½ -115 -250 Un 153 -110

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

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (22-5, 10-4 ACC): Sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell continues to lead the way for the Cardinals while averaging 21.7 points over the last seven contests to push his team-leading mark to 15.6. Junior point guard Quentin Snider, who tops the team in assists (4.1), has also been quite productive with 15.3 points per game (12.5 overall) over the last three since returning from injury. Sophomore forward Deng Adel (11.3) is the only other player averaging in double figures scoring, but junior forward Jaylen Johnson (team-high 6.4 rebounds) totaled 36 points total the last three games.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (23-5, 11-3): The Tar Heels, who have won four of the last five, boast four players averaging at least 12 points and four of their top six scorers shoot at least 52 percent from the field. Junior shooting guard Justin Jackson (18.6) leads the way and junior point guard Joel Berry II (14.6 points, team-best 4.0 assists) is next after a 2-of-9 shooting performance against Virginia. Kennedy Meeks is 14-of-22 from the field the last two games and averages 12.6 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds overall while fellow senior forward Isaiah Hicks (12.5) drained 8-of-11 from the floor the past two.

Oddsmakers currently have the Tar Heels listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game’s total is sitting at 153.

Louisville was a 94-90 winner in their most recent outing at home against Hokies. They failed to cover the -12.5-point spread as favorites.

No. 8 North Carolina hosts sixth-ranked Louisville on Wednesday night in an ACC showdown that will likely be decided at the defensive end. The first-place Tar Heels, who lead Louisville by one game, are coming off their best defensive performance statistically in the Roy Williams era while the Cardinals must face the highest scoring team in the league after uncharacteristically surrendering 90 points last time out.

Williams told reporters North Carolina was not as good on defense as Saturday’s 65-41 victory over Virginia might indicate, “but I thought we had a sense of urgency defensively, I thought we tried to do it.” Solid work at that end of the court will be key if the Tar Heels are going to make another run at a national championship with an offense that averages 86.9 points and the best rebounding margin in the country (plus-13.4). Louisville has won three straight contests and six of seven, including Saturday’s 94-90 victory over Virginia Tech at home despite allowing the Hokies to shoot almost 60 percent from the field – way above its average of 39.4, which was 14th in the nation entering Tuesday. “If we don’t start playing better defense,” Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told reporters, “we’re all going to be on vacation early.”

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Louisville:
Team record: 22-5 SU,17-8 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Louisville is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Louisville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisville’s last 5 games

North Carolina:
Team record: 23-5 SU,15-13 ATS
North Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina’s last 7 games

Next up:
Louisville home to Syracuse Sunday, February 26
North Carolina at Pittsburgh Saturday, February 25

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

1. North Carolina is 8-1 when junior F Theo Pinson (7.1 points, 3.3 assists) has been healthy and in the lineup.

2. Mitchell tops the ACC in steals per game (2.1) and Johnson is fourth in field-goal percentage (60.0).

3. The Tar Heels lead the series 11-5, but Louisville won last season’s meeting 71-65 at home.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels will cover the spread at -5.5 and the game will go over 153 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: North Carolina 82, Louisville 76 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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