Virginia At North Carolina Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info
As we head into the final few weeks of the regular season, there is a battle for positioning going on among the ranked teams, as they look to give themselves the best possible draw in the March Madness bracket. Picking up a win against another ranked opponent can do wonders for the ranking of any given team, which makes the match-up between the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina Tar Heels this coming Saturday all the more intriguing. It’s fair to say that Virginia probably needs this one more than the Tar Heels, as they have been on a skid in the last couple of weeks that has seen their stock fall quite dramatically. Another loss here could put them in a very precarious position indeed as far as the national rankings go. North Carolina are looking to maintain their position atop the ACC Conference, and will need a win in order to hold off a suddenly surging Duke Blue Devils team. This should be a highly entertaining game we have on tap, so make sure to check the updated NCAA basketball point spreads here.
In Depth Analysis On The Cavaliers At Tar Heels Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info
When: Saturday, February 18 at 8:15 PM EST
Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Virginia Cavaliers
The Cavaliers have gone cold at the worst possible time, losing 4 of their last 6 games. In fairness to them, though, a pair of those losses came at the hands of Villanova and Duke, a pair of teams who are among the favorites to win it all this year. On the positive side of things, one of the wins that they had in this stretch was at home to #4 ranked Louisville, proving that this team does have what it takes to hang with the big boys on any given day. Another positive is that they have the second best road winning percentage of ACC teams this season, going 6-4 away from home to this point. This will be the first of two meetings with UNC in the space of 10 days.
Why bet on the North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels are another team that could use a win to break out of a minor slump. They have lost 2 of their last 5 games, including one against a Duke team that seems to be coming good at just the right time. It is going to take a Herculean effort from North Carolina to hold off the Blue Devils coming down the stretch, and they can start things off right with a win against a struggling Virginia squad. The good news for North Carolina is that they have been nothing short of brilliant on home court this season, going a perfect 13-0. This will be a very good test for them, and you can bet that they will want to maintain that perfect record in front of their own fans.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is one of the best games on the schedule this weekend, and I think it will end up being a close one. Need to give the home court edge to UNC.
Virginia Cavaliers 71 North Carolina Tar Heels 75