College Basketball- Best Betting Matchup of the Week and Betting Pick

One of the best games in the annual ACC/Big-10 Challenge will take place on Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines will host the North Carolina Tar Heels in what should be one of the top early games in the college basketball season. Michigan comes into this game as the 7th ranked team in the country, while the Tar Heels check in at number 11.

Michigan has gotten off to a quick 6-0 start, and they are outscoring opponents by an average of 22 points per game. The Wolverines have a top-10 win on their resume already this season, beating Villanova by 27 points earlier this month. North Carolina comes into this game with a 6-1 record, with their lone loss coming to Texas just two games ago. This is a potential Final Four preview.

Wolverines Playing Defense

The Michigan Wolverines have been the best defensive team in the country to begin the season. The Wolverines are giving up just 48.3 points per game, which is nearly a point per game better than anyone else. Teams are shooting just 32.9 percent against Michigan this season, and their length and athleticism makes them difficult to score on. The Wolverines defense will be facing their toughest task in this game.

Michigan has a few holdovers from last year's National runner-up team, but a new face has been the star this season. Freshman Ignas Brazdeikis has been the offensive star, leading the team with 15.7 points per game this season. Charles Matthews has poured in 14.5 points per game in support of Brazdeikis, but the Wolverines need more scoring options. Michigan will need to put up some points if they are going to move to 7-0 after this game.

Tar Heels Are Deep and Talented

North Carolina is about the exact opposite of Michigan, and they have been scoring points in bunches this season. The Tar Heels are averaging 96 points per game this season, which makes them a top-10 scoring offense. North Carolina has four different players averaging double-figures this season, led by Cameron Johnson. Johnson is averaging 16.4 points per game this season to go along with 1.6 steals per game. The Tar Heels love to run, and they will put pressure on Michigan in this game.

The Tar Heels have struggled on defense this season, and gave up 92 points to Texas in their only loss of the season. North Carolina is giving up an average of 72.9 points per game this season, and that strategy won't work against Michigan. The Tar Heels have performed well on the glass this season, posting a rebounding margin of 13.6 boards per game. If North Carolina buys in at the defensive end, they could be hard to beat this season.

Michigan Wins At Home

The Michigan Wolverines were expected to take a step back this season, but they are right back in the top-10 They have been difficult to beat at home in recent years, and North Carolina will have their hands full. The Tar Heels have a veteran team that can score, but they aren't interested in playing defense. That recipe won't work against Michigan, and the Wolverines will move to 7-0. Bet the Michigan Wolverines over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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