Willie’s NCAAB season picks record: 34-27-2 (+5.60 units)
Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Free NCAAB Pick: Heels ATS
Best Line Offered: BetOnline
To the staff writer at ESPN who claimed North Carolina was “a sneaky player in the ACC race’ prior to losing to Louisville on Saturday, there is never anything sneaky about the Tar Heels in this conference. You can bet Mike Brey understands that, and probably wishes his Notre Dame Fighting Irish weren’t catching UNC after such an embarrassing performance at home.
We can only assume the writer is new to college hoops and will learn about the sport he’s covering while employed at ESPN. Speaking of the network, their cameras will be there Tuesday in Chapel Hill to broadcast the clash between the Irish and Heels, and the sportsbooks don’t believe there’s anything sneaky about the hosts with North Carolina a pronounced favorite. The scoreboard target resides in the mid-150s.
Heels In Midst Of 6-Game ‘Under’ Stretch
Hit by injuries in mid-December when they lost both Rex Pflueger (knee) and Robby Carmody (shoulder) for the season, the Fighting Irish were down two more players Saturday when hosting Boston College. John Mooney stepped up in the absence of TJ Gibbs and Juwan Durham, posting his eighth double-double of the campaign (27 pts, 12 reb) to help Notre Dame to the 69-66 win after dropping the first two ACC contests. Gibbs – the team’s leading scorer – was a late scratch due to a stomach virus and is expected back Tuesday though he won’t be 100%.
A double-digit home favorite on Saturday’s NCAA basketball odds card against Louisville, North Carolina led for the first minute before the Cardinals took control and cruised to the 83-62 dubya. It was the worst home loss for the Tar Heels under Roy Williams and snapped a 4-game streak – straight up and against the spread – for UNC fans and backers. North Carolina shot a season-low 34.5% from the field, the poor shooting helping to continue a string of six consecutive ‘under’ winners for the Chapel Hill cagers.
Irish 6-3 ATS Last 9 Meetings
There certainly hasn’t been anything sneak about North Carolina in the last five matchups with Notre Dame, the Tar Heels winning them all as favorites with three of the triumphs by 14 points or more. The Fighting Irish did manage to keep it close and cover last year’s defeat in South Bend, but it was all UNC in the February follow-up at Smith Center, an 83-66 decision as a 10-point favorite. The last four collisions in Chapel Hill fell short of the totals.
Nothing sneaky about my free NCAA basketball pick as I lay the points on the Tar Heels who bounce back from Saturday’s setback in a big way.