NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Saturday January 13, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana
When: Saturday January 13th at 6:00 PM ET
Spread: North Carolina -5
Quick Pick: Notre Dame +5 for 2 units
BetDSI has the North Carolina Tar Heels favored by 5 against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. North Carolina is one of the best programs in college basketball and have one of the best coaches in college basketball history in Roy Williams. They are ranked 20th in college basketball, but have gotten off to a mediocre start by their standard. Notre Dame has quickly become one of the better programs in college basketball as well and they have started off the season strong, but are not ranked. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame is 13-4 SU and 6-7 ATS. Notre Dame has started the season strong going 13-4 that includes a 3-1 conference record and an RPI of 38. They have an impressive win over Wichita State, but a blowout loss against Michigan State and a bad loss to Georgia Tech on the road by a score of 53-60 earlier this week.
Bonzie Colson leads the team in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks with 299 points, 145 rebounds, 28 steals and 33 blocks. Matt Farrell leads the team in assists with 76. Notre Dame is averaging 78.24 points per game which is above the 73.72 average for the rest of college basketball. The Fighting Irish are allowing 63.88 points per game which is below the 73.72 average for the rest of college basketball.
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina is 13-4 SU and 9-6-1 ATS. North Carolina is one of the most prominent teams in college basketball and have one of the best coaches in college basketball history in Roy Williams and even though they are ranked 20th in the nation they have gotten off to a mediocre start to the season with a 13-4 record and a 2-2 conference record that includes an RPI of 7.
They have an impressive win over Tennessee, but have lost to the other three top 25 teams they have played that includes: Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia. They have also lost two of their last three games. Luke Maye leads the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks with 309 points, 184 rebounds and 18 blocks. Theo Pinson leads the team in assists with 73. Kenny Williams leads the team in steals with 20. North Carolina is averaging 83.41 points per game which is above the 73.72 average for the rest of college basketball. They Tar Heels are allowing 71.29 points per game which is below the 73.72 average for the rest of college basketball.
Notre Dame wins at home in an upset against North Carolina
Both of these teams should contend for the ACC championship and both have good and experienced teams that could make a deep run during March Madness. I like Notre Dame at home in this matchup as Notre Dame is one of the better teams at home. North Carolina has also struggled this season against better teams and I don’t think this game will be any different. I look for Notre Dame to win this game outright, but I do feel more confident getting the points in this game. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.
Pick: Notre Dame +5 for 2 units