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Take North Carolina to Tame Panthers in ACC Semifinals

While some title contenders stumbled on a wild day around the nation, North Carolina had a dominant showing to eliminate Florida State. Now comes what should be a more challenging matchup with Pittsburgh. The Tar Heels are favored against the Panthers for the 18th time in the last 19 meetings, according to the college basketball expert picks.

North Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak to Pittsburgh with a 70-57 win on Jan. 2 as a 4-point road favorite as Armando Bacot had 16 points and 10 rebounds. This is the first meeting in March since the 2016 ACC quarterfinals, when the Tar Heels won 88-71.

Take North Carolina to Tame Panthers in ACC Semifinals
Take North Carolina to Tame Panthers in ACC Semifinals

The college basketball lines have North Carolina listed as the 7½-point favorite.

Keep on reading for more on the matchup between Pittsburgh and North Carolina.

 

Pittsburgh vs North Carolina Game Information

  • Game: Pittsburgh (22-10) vs North Carolina (26-6)
  • Date/Time: March 15, 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
  • Pittsburgh vs North Carolina Live Stream: TBS.com

 

North Carolina is 14-11 in its last 25 neutral-site games with the Tar Heels covering against the college basketball spread in 13 of those matchups. Pittsburgh has lost six of its last 11 games on a neutral court and is 5-5-1 ATS during that stretch.

North Carolina is priced at -330 to win the game outright with the Panthers at +270 on the Moneyline.

 

Pittsburgh vs North Carolina Odds and Spreads

 

  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 against the Las Vegas odds in the last seven matchups with North Carolina.
  • North Carolina is 24-5 as a favorite this season.
  • Six of North Carolina’s neutral-site games went over the total.
  • The total has landed over in four of the Panthers’ last five games.
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0-1 against the spread over its last six contests.
  • North Carolina has covered in five of its last seven games.
  • Four of the last six games for the Tar Heels went under the total.

 

Pittsburgh vs North Carolina ATS Pick: North Carolina -7½

Expect a closer game than North Carolina had in its ACC tournament opener. However, if the Panthers were outscored in the paint against Wake Forest, what is going to happen when they face Armando Bacot and a North Carolina team riding a seven-game win streak?

Those considering taking the underdog Panthers to cover can look at Pittsburgh’s 10-1-1 record against the spread in the last 12 games against ACC teams.

 

Pittsburgh vs North Carolina Over/Under Pick: Over 147

Each of Pittsburgh’s last five games in March went over the total. However, four of the last six meetings between the Panthers and the Tar Heels went under the total. Keep that in mind when looking at the best college basketball bets today.

North Carolina had 92 points in Thursday’s win and Pittsburgh went for 81 in the matchup with Wake Forest so this has the potential to be a high-scoring affair even though the teams combined for 127 in the regular season meeting.

 

Pittsburgh vs North Carolina Player Prop Pick: Armando Bacot to score 15+ Points (+119)

With North Carolina building up such a big lead in a win against Florida State, the minutes were a bit limited. Expect to see much more from Bacot in this matchup. He had 16 points in the game against Pittsburgh during the regular season and could be a solid player prop.

 

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Pittsburgh vs North Carolina Prediction

North Carolina 78, Pittsburgh 70

 

 

Questions Of The Day

How has Pittsburgh fared in recent matchups with North Carolina?


Pittsburgh has covered against the college basketball spread in five of its last seven games versus North Carolina.

What is a player prop worth considering for the Pittsburgh Panthers?


Pittsburgh’s Blake Hinson has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games so take a look at the -130 odds for Hinson to score at least 17 points in this game even though he was limited to 11 on 4-of-16 shooting in the previous clash with North Carolina.

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