ACC foes will clash when the Pittsburgh Panthers (11-6, 2-4 ACC) clash with the North Carolina Tar Heels (8-8, 1-4 ACC) at the Petersen Events Center. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers ATS Preview
In the Tar Heels’ last game, they lost a close one to the Clemson Tigers, 79-76. With 27 points on 9-for-17 shooting, Brandon Robinson was the game’s high scorer. Clemson had a better effective field goal percentage (0.522 vs. 0.470). North Carolina, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (14-20; 70.0 percent).
The Panthers are hoping for a better outcome after their 73-68 loss to the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals in their last contest. With 11 points and 11 rebounds, Justin Champagnie put together a good game for Pittsburgh. Louisville forced the Panthers into a turnover percentage of 19.2 (above their season average of 16.1). Pittsburgh, meanwhile, did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (19-26; 73.1 percent).
Expect this one to be a clinic on boxing out as two of the nation’s top rebounding teams go head-to-head. The Panthers rank 47th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.6 percent), while North Carolina ranks 19th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.4 percent).
The Tar Heels’ Garrison Brooks (19 points,9.4 rebounds,1.2 steals) and Robinson (11 points,3.2 assists,1.6 steals) have been playing well over their last five games. Meanwhile, the Panthers have received solid contributions from Champagnie (15 points,8.6 rebounds,2.0 steals) and Trey McGowens (16 points,4.6 assists,2.4 steals).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Panthers won 73-65. The Panthers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.346 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.529. For those same stats, the Tar Heels were 0.164 and 0.451, respectively. McGowens was the game’s top overall scorer with 24 points.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Pittsburgh Panthers Free Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Pittsburgh, ATS Winner – Pittsburgh, O/U – Over
Pittsburgh ranks 158th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5) while North Carolina ranks 246th (26.1).
The Panthers have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Pittsburgh has defeated opponents by an average of 4.6 points.
During their last five games, the Tar Heels have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (7.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.8 points per game (9.1 above their season average).