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Charleston vs North Carolina Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Top-Ranked Tar Heels Seek Better Performance

Second Game for Both Teams

The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels host the Charleston Cougars in a non-conference battle between 1-0 teams. North Carolina earned a victory in its first game of the season as it began its drive for a potential national title.

Charleston also picked up a win in its opener, getting by Chattanooga at home. The Cougars will be trying to pull a big upset in this one, so read our in-depth preview of this game before you make any bet online.

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Charleston Will Need Big Performance For Upset

The Charleston Cougars are going to have a height disadvantage against the very tall front line of the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday night, so they’re going to need to be able to score from the perimeter. Charleston team gave North Carolina all it could handle a season ago, leading at halftime before eventually falling by 11.

Guard Reyne Smith had 19 points in that contest as a freshman, and he started his sophomore season in much the same way with a team-high 24 points in the win over Chattanooga, including five 3-pointers. Smith will have to be on his game again if the Cougars are going to pull the upset.

Forward Charles Lampten will be put to the test on both ends of the floor against the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-11 senior will need to be physical while avoiding fouls. Lampten had just three points in the season-opening win but grabbed eight rebounds and his presence in the paint will be key for Charleston.

North Carolina Eyes More Offense

The North Carolina Tar Heels have plenty of offensive talent, but they weren’t hitting on all cylinders in their season-opening win over UNC Wilmington. North Carolina took an 11-point halftime lead but couldn’t build upon it, settling for a 13-point win at home over the Seahawks.

“I think we all came out a little rusty,” North Carolina forward Armando Bacot said after Monday’s win. “It’s not easy winning games. I’m glad it’s the first game and not later on in the season.”

Bacot had 16 points and nine rebounds in the opener, and he’ll be a key for the Tar Heels’ chances of getting back to the national championship game again this season. The senior averaged 16.3 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks last season, and his play in the paint on both ends of the floor is what makes North Carolina so good.

Junior guard Caleb Love is also a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor and will be counted on to play a big role for coach Hubert Davis. Love had 17 points in the season-opening win after averaging 15.9 points a year ago.

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Charleston vs North Carolina Head-To-Head

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a 6-3 lead in the all-time series against the Charleston Cougars, including a 3-0 record in Chapel Hill. North Carolina is on a three-game winning streak against the Cougars, including last season’s win on the road.

Charleston last defeated the Tar Heels in January 2010, winning in overtime at home. A look at the college basketball lines for Friday’s contest show that top-ranked North Carolina is expected to have an easy time picking up its second win of the season.

Charleston vs North Carolina Game Information

  • Game: Charleston (1-0) vs North Carolina (1-0)
  • Location: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. ET
  • Charleston vs North Carolina Live stream: TBS.com

Charleston vs North Carolina Betting Lines

Team Handicap Total Team Total
Charleston Cougars +20 -110 -20 -110 O70-115
North Carolina -20 -110 U159½-110> O90-115

The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.

Charleston vs North Carolina Picks & Prediction

The Charleston Cougars may have caught the North Carolina Tar Heels at just the wrong time. Davis will certainly be looking for a better effort from his team in this one after a somewhat close win in its opener. The Tar Heels should dominate this matchup, winning by a large margin after dominating on the interior.

When making your college basketball picks, take North Carolina to win and cover at home.

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