North Carolina will Cover the NCAA Basketball Odds Tonight as a 4.5 Underdog in Louisville

Jeff Grant

Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:16 PM GMT

Louisville has missed the mark as a favorite this season, which makes North Carolina a dangerous road underdog Saturday. Check this game preview that culminates with our NCAA Basketball pick.

Living Large
North Carolina has won six games in a row, which is important to ocnsider when making your college basketball picks, as its looks to build off a 93-83 victory over Syracuse as 10-point home favorites last time out.

The Tar Heels are being led by Brice Johnson offensively, as he’s knocked down 30 of 42 shots from the floor over his last five games, while the team is 3-0 on the road in Atlantic Coast Conference play this year.

Since the start of this season, the team is 10-3 SU and 3-9-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record.

 

Returning Home
Louisville has earned back-to-back wins over Boston College and Pittsburgh on the road, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it has shot 59 of 96 from the floor.

The Cardinals have four of five starters averaging in double figures, with guard Terry Rozier leading the way—scoring 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 15-7 SU and 8-14 ATS in January.

 

Life On the Road
The Tar Heels are a dominating 61-32 SU on the road versus Atlantic Coast Conference opponents under Roy Williams, including a 3-0 mark this season. North Carolina will need to continue its strong play on the defensive end to continue that success, as it ranks among the top 40 in efficiency.

 

Shooting Performance
The Cardinals have shot 61.5 percent from the floor in their last two contests, while they’ve shot above 47 percent in eight of their last 10 affairs.

Louisville has a major player in Chris Jones, who is averaging 17.1 points, 6.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tar Heels as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the Cardinals are 2-9 ATS at home during the 2014-15 campaign.

 

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels +4.5 at Bookmaker