Louisville Cardinals (10-4) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (12-3)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Dean E Smith Arena, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Louisville Cardinals vs North Carolina Tar Heels
The Louisville Cardinals will travel to the Dean E Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to take on the 12 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. eastern time for a hotly-contested ACC Showdown. The Tar Heels find themselves on a roll, yet again, as they are winners of four straight games after picking up a win over in-state rival NC State in their last outing on the road as North Carolina held the Wolfpack to just 42% shooting from the floor while they were able to connect on 45% of their shots in addition to also making good on 10 three pointers en route to the ACC victory. The Tar Heels possessed 5 double-digit scores on the night as Luke Maye led the team with 21 points while Coby White also chipped in 19 points for the Tar Heels.
On the other hand, the Louisville Cardinals atoned for a deflating loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in their prior outing prior by beating up on the Miami Hurricanes in their last outing as they separated themselves from the visitors in the second half in outscoring the Hurricanes 50 – 32 in the second half after Miami went up by 1 at the break. Nonetheless, Jordan Nwora led the team with 21 points while Malik Williams also chipped in 19 for Louisville in the winning effort.
Louisville Cardinals's Latest Performance :
The Cardinals have lost two of their last three games, overall, as they look to erect themselves from a deflating loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in their last game of 2018, as pointed out, by beating up on the Miami Hurricanes at home in their last outing. However, they took to the road in which to battle a team that has been stellar on the defensive end, but, has struggled offensively throughout the season. When all was said and done, Louisville ended the game shooting 85% from the floor as well as 27 of 28 from three-point range while allowing an dismal offense for Pitt to shoot over 52% on the night while also connecting on nine of 25 3-point attempts as Trey McGowens pumped in 33 points for the Panthers while grabbing six rebounds as he went 4 for 7 from 3-point range. Xavier Johnson also had a solid night as he ended with 21 points while pulling down 10 rebounds in the winning effort.
And why the Cardinals went down by 10 at the half, they staged a furious rally in the second half and was able to tie the game and force overtime. Nonetheless, in the overtime period, the home team edged the visitors by a 10-7 margin en route to the much-needed conference victory as Louisville could not come up with defensive stops late in the game in which to preserve the victory. Christian Cunningham led the team with 23 points while dishing out five assists for the Cardinals while Steven Enoch provided a lift off the bench by scoring 14 points along with pulling down seven rebounds in defeat.
Louisville will now look to regroup as they are losers of two straight road games as they face a North Carolina team that has been stellar on their home court, as pointed out. They will certainly need to bring their defense into this matchup as North Carolina has eclipsed the 80-point mark in three of their last four games, overall.
North Carolina Tar Heels's Latest Performance :
The Tar Heels will certainly be looking to continue their dominance at home in obtaining their 3rd straight ACC conference win of the season when they face the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. As stated, the Tar Heels have been on a tear offensively in their last few outings and while their defense has been stellar as well, they regressed a bit in their last outing vs. thie North Carolina State Wolfpack as the allowed 82 points to their opponent on just 42% shooting from the floor. Nonetheless, the key stat to this game proved to be 23 turnovers for North Carolina State, which certainly allowed them to seize control of this contest.
Despite this, North Carolina was able to heavily outrebound the Wolfpack in this matchup while going into the half with a five-point lead while battling throughout the second stanza in which to pick up the much needed win. Braxton Beverly provided a huge lift off the bench for North Carolina State in putting up 21 points while going 5-7 from three-point range. On the other hand, Maye was able to pick up his third Double-Double in the last four outings in addition to Colby White chipping in 19 points in the win, as well.
North Carolina will certainly be looking to lead with their defense in this matchup as the Louisville offense has a tendency to struggle, more often than not, on the offensive end. Nonetheless, they will certainly be looking to push the pace on offense as well, particularly, with Lousiville possessing one of the best defenses in the nation, despite allowing 89 points to an awful offensive squad in its last outing.
How Louisville Cardinals & North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Louisville is 7 – 5 – 2 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 7
North Carolina is 9 – 4 – 2 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a highly competitive ACC matchup on Saturday afternoon as the Louisville Cardinals will certainly be looking to come out of their current funk on both sides of the ball while attempting to tame an offense for North Carolina that has been red-hot lately. On the other hand, North Carolina will like to continue their success, overall, while obtaining yet another home blowout in the meantime.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels
My reason for the pick :
Of course, one should expect Louisville to lead with their defense in this contest, as stated, as they will look to assert themselves early and often in this area in which to limit offensive opportunities for a North Carolina team that has been on fire from the perimeter lately. Nonetheless, North Carolina will continue to push the pace in which to keep Louisville on its heels on the defensive end as this will allow for easy opportunities in transition. In all, this philosophy will work well for the Tar Heels in this ACC matchup as they will hit the big shots down the stretch while neutralizing an inconsistent offense for Louisville just enough in which to pick up a much-needed conference victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The trends suggest that the over will be the strong play in this matchup as it has been the result in three of the last four home games for the North Carolina Tar Heels.Of course, with the defense that Louisville brings onto the court on Saturday, one should also expect them to show and prove on the defensive end of the floor throughout the contest. In fact, the under has been the play in two of the last three road games for Louisville. With that being the case, look for the under to also be the play in this contest amongst two ACC teams that will be fighting hard in which to pick up a much-needed conference victory.
Betting trends for Louisville Cardinals:
- The Cardinals are 1-3-1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The under is 7-3 in Cardinals last 10 games
Betting trends for North Carolina Tar Heels:
- The Tar Heels are 5-1 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 5-0 in Tar Heels last 5 games