College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: Louisville vs. North Carolina
The ACC tournament heats up today with quarterfinal action from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte,
NC. Several stellar matchups are on the docket, including the first of a pair of evening games. The
Louisville Cardinals, fresh off of a 75-53 victory over Notre Dame yesterday, will take on the #3
team in the nation, the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Date/Time/TV: Thur. March 14, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN
Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -8 (-110)
Louisville didn’t close out the regular season in the strongest fashion by dropping four of its last five,
but the club looked solid in yesterday’s win. Jordan Nwora led the way with 24 points as the
Cardinals cruised to victory and easily covered as 8-point favorites over the Fighting Irish. On the
year, Louisville checks in at 20-12 (17-13-2 ATS).
North Carolina finished out ACC play with a seven-game winning streak, a span which included a
pair of victories over Duke. They have been off since the regular season finale on Saturday when
they took down the Blue Devils by a score of 79-70. For the season, the Tar Heels are 26-5 (19-10-2
During the regular season, Louisville was pretty solid against lesser ACC squads, but they went just
3-5 versus ranked conference foes. They lost their last four against nationally ranked teams, which
contributed to the team finishing up with a mark of 10-8 in conference play. Over the last 10 games,
the Cardinals are 4-6 (5-5 ATS).
Totals have been Under for seven of the last eight games and check in at 13-19 on the year. Jordan
Nwora tops the team in scoring and rebounding. He’s averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.7 boards. Dwayne
Sutton is the next option in the offense with 10.1 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Sutton posted five points and 10
boards on Wednesday versus Notre Dame.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Since a 69-61 home defeat to Virginia on February 11, the Tar Heels are undefeated. The team has
ripped off seven victories in a row, three of which came over ranked teams. The team is 9-1 (6-4
ATS) over its last 10 outings, and North Carolina has climbed to #3 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. A
#1 seed in the NCAA tournament is within reach for this talented club.
Team totals have been Under for six of the last eight and lean that way on the year at 14-17. Cameron
Johnson leads the way in scoring for the Tar Heels with 16.8 ppg. Coby White chips in with 16.3
ppg, while Luke Maye is averaging 14.6 ppg and 10.5 boards. White was the leading scorer last time
out with 21 points versus Duke.
Louisville vs. North Carolina Prediction
These programs split two meetings in the regular season. North Carolina holds a 7-3 edge for the last
10 versus Louisville, while totals are 4-6 over that span. We’re rolling with the Tar Heels to get the
win and cover tonight to advance in the ACC tourney.
Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels -8 (-110)