Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-4) vs North Carolina Tarheels (11-5)Date : 01/15/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs North Carolina Tarheels
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will hit the road to face the 12th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina halted a four-game winning streak in their last outing as they were manhandled at home by the Louisville Cardinals as the visitors took a nine-point lead into the half while outscoring North Carolina 40 – 28 in the second half en route to the momentum building victory.
On the other hand, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to halt a two-game losing streak as they picked up a victory over the Eagles of Boston College in their last time out as they were able to hold off a late rally by the Eagles by going 20-23 from the free throw line on a night to where they shot just 34% from the floor.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Latest Performance :
aAd while the offense for the Irish continues to struggle on the year, their defense has gotten better in the last three outings as they went from allowing 78 points per game to their opponents during their two-game losing streak, to putting in a much more focused performance in their last outing versus the Boston College Eagles as the road team ended the game with 66 points on just 40% shooting on the night. As stated, Notre Dame shot horrible from the floor at 34% while also connecting on just 20% of their 3-point shots on the night; Nonetheless, John Mooney led the team with a monster game with 27 points while also pulling down 14 rebounds in the much-needed victory for the Fighting Irish.
Also, Prentiss Hubb chipped in 16 points off the bench in this contest while also going 4-8 from long range. And aside from being able to hit clutch free throws down the stretch in which to preserve the victory, Notre Dame also capitalized off 12 turnovers for Boston College in this contest as Notre Dame has won five of their last six home games. They will now take to the road in which to face a team in North Carolina that will certainly be chomping at the bit in which to right the ship after such a dominating loss to the Louisville Cardinals. As stated, Notre Dame is winless in its last two road games with their most recent aame ending in blowout fashion versus the Virginia Tech Hokies, who sit atop he division at this time.
North Carolina Tarheels 's Latest Performance :
Dwayne Sutton along with Steven Enoch chipped in 17 points apiece while they also pulled down 11 And 10 rebounds in the contest. On the other hand, Jordan Nwora also chipped in 17 points for a Louisville team that shot 51% from the floor versus North Carolina while also connecting with 11 3-pointers on the night. North Carolina shot a terrible 34% from the floor, as stated, while they made good on just three of 22 attempts on long-range as Kenny Williams along with Cameron Johnson led the team with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
On the other hand, leading scorers Luke Maye along with Kobe white combined to go 4 – 17 from the floor while White finished with four points while Maye had nine points while pulling down 11 rebounds in the loss for the Tar Heels. Finally, the Tar Heels were outrebounded heavily by the Louisville Cardinals in this matchup while also committing 14 huge turnovers throughout the contest, which ultimately sealed their fate in the end. Nonetheless, North Carolina seeks to suit up, once again, in which to get back on the winning track versus a Notre Dame Fighting Irish team that erected themselves from a losing streak their last outing yet, has not perform well on the road as they are winless in their last two road games, overall.
How Notre Dame Fighting Irish & North Carolina Tarheels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Notre Dame is 6 – 10 against the spread while the ou is 8 – 8
North Carolina is 9 – 5 – 2 against the spread while the ou is 8 – 8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be one of the more interesting matchups on Tuesday night as North Carolina will look to put in a much better performance on both ends of the floor versus a Notre Dame team that continues to struggle on the season despite halting a losing streak in their most recent outing. One should certainly expect North Carolina to push the pace early and often in this matchup in which to kick-start their offense by locating scoring opportunities within transition / fastbreak. On the other hand, one should also expect Notre Dame to push the pace in this contest as well as they certainly could use the extra offensive production due to their offense being so dismal lately.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Tar Heels in this matchup as Notre Dame will falter at some point in the contest, thus giving North Carolina the ability to find additional momentum while also building a comfortable lead for themselves en route to a much-needed conference victory. As stated, North Carolina will certainly be looking to get back on the winning track as soon as possible while also getting the taste of their loss to Louisville out of their mouths as well. On the other hand, Notre Dame will certainly come in with focus and intensity for this matchup to win their second straight; However, North Carolina will simply be too much in the end and will put in a dominant performance on both ends of the floor in which to pick up the win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play for both teams in their recent outings and I expect these trends to continue in this contest as one will witness a North Carolina defense that will stifle an already inconsistent offense for Notre Dame throughout the contest. On the other hand, Notre Dame has had its defense to rely on in which to keep them competitive throughout 2018-19. With that being the case, they will perform well on this end of the floor for much of the game; However, North Carolina will simply be too much for Notre Dame in the end as they will hit critical buckets down the stretch in which to pull out a convincing victory in the end.In all, the under is certainly the strong play in this instance.
Betting trends for Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
- Tar Heels are 4-1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The under is 6-0 in Tar Heels last six games
Betting trends for North Carolina Tarheels :
- The Fighting Irish are 1-6 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 6 – 4 in Fighting Irish last 10 games