In what many have described as “the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball,” Duke will host North Carolina tonight and we have our professional prediction sculpted for optimum profit.
<p style="text-align:center"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=25208" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaa-basketball/ncaa-basketball-pick-unc-vs-duke-blue-devils-favored-over-tar-heels/54328/" target="_blank" title="N. Carolina vs. Duke"><u>N. Carolina</u> vs. Duke</a> (-8-) <span data-term="goog_1413770963" tabindex="0">9:00 ET</span> ESPN</strong><br /> At 9:00 pm ET, N. Carolina will have traveled the 8 miles of pine-lined highway between Chapel Hill and Durham for this ESPN tipoff of college basketball giants. It is the first of 2 annual meetings between these heated rivals. Last season, these two split a pair of home court decisions with N. Carolina winning (74-66) in Chapel Hill and Duke winning (93-81) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. This year, Duke is 9-3 SU in ACC play and N. Carolina is 8-4 SU in ACC play, each trail Virginia (12-1 SU) and Notre Dame (11-3 SU) for conference superiority. Nonetheless, the game is of huge interest to those placing <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaa-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Free NCAA Basketball Picks">NCAA Basketball picks</a> & fans alike with implications for both ACC Tourney seeding, as well as NCAA seeds. Let’s take a look at each team’s season to date for indicators that will lead us to this pointspread winner.</p> <p>This is one of Coach K’s youngest teams ever, with no fewer than 3 freshmen in his starting lineup. Everyone is aware of Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the Duke big man who, as a freshman, is widely touted to be the best player in college basketball this season. Okafor averages 18 PPG on 67% shooting and 9 rebounds per game. But precocious freshman guard Tyus Jones has been a positive force on the perimeter. It appears that Duke has survived the media hoopla that surrounded Coach K’s 1,000<sup>th</sup>victory at St. Johns on January 25<sup>th</sup>. In fact, including that victory, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaab/v/valuable-ncaa-basketball-betting-trends-w-duke-blue-devils/25153" target="_blank" title="Valuable NCAA Basketball Betting Trends w/ the Duke Blue Devils">Duke enters as winners of 8/9 but just a 5-4 ATS mark</a>. In fact, the notoriety accorded to Duke has left them overpriced. This is a team who dominated the home ATS records for years, but who is under .500 ATS at Cameron in the last 4 seasons. Most recently, Duke is 2-8 ATS as home favorite since mid-November.</p> <p>The news for N. Carolina has not been as positive. The Tar Heels are mired in a 1-3 SU, 2-9 ATS slide. Most recently, they blew an 18 point 2<sup>nd</sup> half lead in an OT loss at Louisville, lost on their strong home court to No. 2 Virginia, then allowed Pitt to shoot 65% in last weekend’s 89-76 loss to the Panthers. That loss came following the news of the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/3051783-former-unc-coach-dean-smith-has-passed-away.html" target="_blank" title="Bettors shared the sad news of Dean Smith's passing">death of long-time legendary coach, Dean Smith</a>. Thus, the question becomes can the Tar Heels bounce back to outperform expectations in this rivalry game? </p> <p>There have been few coaches, other than Tar Heel mentor Roy Williams, whose teams have been as resilient as his N. Carolina team. Teams coached by Williams are 53-26 ATS, following a defeat, including 4-2 ATS in that role this season. Expect Carolina to counter Okafor with their own big man duo of Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson. While all- league PG Marcus Paige bounces back from his poor game vs. Pitt and takes center stage for N. Carolina. Gladly grab the 9 points with underdog N. Carolina off a loss as rivalry dog in <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ncaa-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Compare available NCAA Basketball Odds">NCAA Basketball odds</a>.</p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Picks: </strong>Take N. Carolina +8.5 at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=809&book=inarticle5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bet at 5Dimes today">5Dimes</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src="http://js.sbrfeeds.com/index.php/article?iframeid=iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426&timezone=16&theme=article&line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&odds-type=US&books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&trackers=1409845611531.xml&event-id=361950" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden"></iframe></p>