North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks (4-5) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Dean E Smith Arena, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks vs North Carolina Tar Heels
The Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington will travel to Dean E Smith Arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to face the 13th ranked UNC Tarheels on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Tar Heels have found themselves losers of two of their last three games after suffering a loss to the Michigan Wolverines in their last time out by an 84 – 67 score as they outrebounded the Wolverines 38-26 in the loss, yet shot only 39% while nailing 7 of 21 three point attempts.
The Seahawks, on the other hand, halted a two game losing streak by suffering a loss to the Davidson Wildcats in their last outing by a 91-85 score at home as they allowed the Wildcats to shoot over 52% for the night while having two 25 point scorers on the night in Kellan Grady along with Jon Axel Gudmundsson.
North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks's Latest Performance :
And while the Seahawks have certainly been able to put some points on the board in their 2018 campaign, they continue to struggle due to a severe lack of defense as they are allowing teams to score 80 points per game on 46% shooting. In their last outing versus Davidson, the Wildcats shot 13 – 29 from 3-point range while the team shot 57% from the floor on a Seahawks team that struggled throughout the game in shooting only 43% from the floor while being led by Devontae Cacok along with Jeantal Cylla who finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively, for Wilmington in the loss.
Defensively, as stated, the Seahawks allowed the Wildcats to be on fire throughout the game as they control the pace throughout. In all, the Seahawks will look to play much better versus a Tar Heels team that will certainly be looking to get back on the winning track in this contest on Wednesday. Of course, the Seahawks have won two of their last three games, overall, and will also be looking to right their ship with a great performance over a highly-ranked Tar Heels team that has struggled on the defensive end lately.
North Carolina Tar Heels's Latest Performance :
The North Carolina Tar Heels have play well on the offensive end this year as they are averaging 92 points on 48% shooting from the field; However, in their last three outings, this average has fell to 83 points per game as they are now losers of two of the last three games. On the defensive end, UNC has allowed teams to average 87 points per game during this time which is in stark contrast to the 74 points that they have allowed all season to opponents.
Coby White lead the Tar Heels in scoring versus the Michigan Wolverines with 12 points while Luke Maye along with Kenny Williams chipped in 11 points each and the loss as Carolina shot horribly from the field while allowing the Wolverines to shoot an outstanding 57% from the floor for the night while also nailing 11-22 3-point attempts on the day. Ignas Brazdeikis along with Charles Matthews scored 24 and 21 points, respectively, for the Wolverines in the huge victory. In all, the Tar Heels will certainly want to shore up defensive vulnerabilities for this matchup versus the Seahawks as they can also put points on the board as they’re averaging 84 points per game on 47% shooting, overall.
How North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks & North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
North Carolina-Wilmington is 4 – 4 ATS while the OU is 2 – 3
North Carolina is 4 – 3 – 1 ATS while the OU is 7 – 1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup versus two teams that can certainly put the ball in the hoop. However, both defenses have struggled recently as the Tar Heels allowed the Wolverines to torch them on the perimeter in their last outing while the Seahawks also had a very lackluster defensive performance versus Davidson in their last contest as well. In all, look for both teams to push the pace, once again, as they will seek to kick start their offense early and often in this contest.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels
My reason for the pick :
While the Seahawks may indeed keep this game closer than many may expect, look for the Tar Heels to pull out a victory in this matchup as they will certainly be focused on getting a much-needed win after their dismal performance versus Michigan. Look for them to perform much better on the defensive end as well versus a high-scoring attack for the Seahawks that did not shoot as well in their last outing versus the Wildcats and will likely struggle verses what will be an intense North Carolina defense on Wednesday night.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over and has been the play in the last three home games for the Tar Heels. With that being the case, look for them to push the pace early and often in this contest as they will look to get their offense going in a game to where their opponent will certainly be looking to light things up on the offensive end. On the other hand, while they will put in a much better defensive effort versus the Seahawks, look for the road team to also put some points on the board early as well in keeping this game interesting.
Betting trends for North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks:
- The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games
- The over is 4-0 and Seahawks last four games
Betting trends for North Carolina Tar Heels:
- The Tar Heels are 1-3 ATS in last 4 games
- The over it 7-0 in Tar Heels last 7 games