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

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20-10 March 9, 12:00 PM | Barclays Center 26-6
Miami-Florida vs North Carolina, Betting Lines
When: 12:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: Noon ET, ESPN, ACC Network


Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
711 –Miami Hurricanes +8.0 -110 +315 Ov 140 -110
712 –North Carolina Tar Heels -8.0 -110 -375 Un 140 -110

The fans at Barclays Center will be treated to a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT MIAMI (21-10): Leading scorer Davon Reed had 14 points and backup guard Dejan Vasiljevic contributed 13 on Wednesday, and they combined to make six of the Hurricanes’ nine 3-pointers. Freshman standout Bruce Brown slumped to five points on 1-of-6 shooting but was the catalyst in the first meeting with the Tar Heels, scoring a personal-best 30 points while chipping in five assists and four rebounds. Miami has held seven straight opponents to 66 points or fewer and limited North Carolina to 35 percent from the floor earlier in the season.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (26-6): Jackson was honored as first-teamer and junior guard Joel Berry II made the All-ACC second team after finishing second on the team in scoring (15.1) and first in assists (3.7), while senior forward Kennedy Meeks (12.5 points, team-high 9.1 rebounds) was an honorable mention pick. Berry erupted for 28 points while making all five of his 3-point tries in a win over Duke at the end of the regular season while senior forward Isaiah Hicks (11.9) chipped in 21. North Carolina leads the nation in rebounding margin (plus-13.0) but was beaten on the boards 41-36 in its loss to Miami.

Oddsmakers currently have the Tar Heels listed as 8-point favorites versus the Hurricanes, while the game’s total is sitting at 140.

North Carolina begins its pursuit of a potential second straight ACC tournament title and seeks payback for a lopsided loss earlier this season when it meets Miami (Fla.) in a quarterfinal matchup Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y. The No. 1-seeded Tar Heels are primed to defend their tourney crown after claiming the regular-season championship in one of the league’s most competitive campaigns.

“It was a big time thing,” coach Roy Williams said on his weekly radio show of the first-place finish. “Fifteen teams, and 15 really good teams. It’s the deepest league there is and the deepest conference there is in college basketball. I told the guys that I was really, really proud of them.” Junior forward Justin Jackson, named the ACC’s Player of the Year, leads the way with 18.3 points per game but shot 33 percent while averaging 11 points in the final two games of the regular season. The ninth-seeded Hurricanes survived a 62-57 contest against Syracuse in Wednesday’s second round and should have some confidence going up against a Tar Heels team they defeated by 15 points at home Jan. 28. Senior forward and Brooklyn native Kamari Murphy had a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds versus the Orange, as Miami seemingly solidified an at-large bid in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

North Carolina won its last outing, a 90-83 result against Blue Devils on March 04. They earned a push in that game as a -7-point favorite.

Miami was a 62-57 winner in its last match on the road against Orange. They covered the -2-point spread as favorites.

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Team record: 21-10 SU,12-18 ATS
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games

North Carolina:
Team record: 26-6 SU,17-14-1 ATS
North Carolina is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 5 games


1. Reed is averaging 18 points while shooting 7-for-14 from beyond the arc in his last two contests after a three-game stretch in which he averaged 9.7 points and made 2-of-12 3-point tries.

2. North Carolina is 50-14 as the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament, including a 5-0 mark against No. 9 seeds.

3. Hicks and senior G Nate Britt are tied for third in school history in career ACC wins – including the tournament – at 57, one behind leaders Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels will cover the spread at -8 and the game will stay under 140 points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: North Carolina 74, Miami 65

69.9 PTS FOR 85.2
63.2 PTS AGNST 70.5
6.7 DIFF. 14.7
25.2 DEF REBOUNDS 27.9
11.1 OFF REBOUNDS 15.8
45.6 FG% 47.2
72.1 FT% 70.0
6.5 3 POINTERS 7.3
6.4 STEALS 6.9
No trends to report
North Carolina is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 5 games
North Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Miami
North Carolina is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Miami
North Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of North Carolina’s last 14 games when playing Miami
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs North Carolina’s Overall Defense 69.9 257 70.5 130
Miami’s Away Scoring vs North Carolina’s Home Defense 66.5 268 67.8 135
Miami’s Road Rebounds vs North Carolina’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.2 250 30.0 24
North Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 85.2 10 63.2 23
North Carolina’s Home Scoring vs Miami’s Road Defense 88.3 17 65.8 22
North Carolina’s Home Rebounds vs Miami’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.3 3 29.6 6


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