Saturday, December 19, 2015
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The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Barclays Center to play the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The opening line for this game has North Carolina as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 145.
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The Tar Heels come into this game with an overall record of 8-2 and a road record of 0-2. They are 3-5 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-4. The Bruins have an overall record of 8-3 and a home record of 6-1. They have an over/under record of 6-5 and they are 4-7 against the spread.
Marcus Paige comes into this contest averaging 17.3 points per game while playing 30 minutes per night so far this season for the Tar Heels. He pulls down 2.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Brice Johnson averages 14.6 points per game in 24.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.1 assists per contest and 9.2 rebounds per game for North Carolina. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Bryce Alford averages 16.9 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per contest this year for the Bruins. He grabs 4.6 rebounds per game and has 5.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Tony Parker averages 14.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.2 rebounds per contest and 0.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 60% and his free throw percentage is 47%.
North Carolina averages 85.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 20th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 15.1 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 92nd in the country. They average 41.2 rebounds per game and 19.3 assists per game which ranks them 37th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 26th with 10.6 per game. The Tar Heels allow 70.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 146th in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 125th and 279th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.2 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 11.9 assists per contest which puts them in 102nd place in the country. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 200th in the Division 1.
UCLA averages 80.4 points per game this year which ranks them 54th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 5.4 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 52nd spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 119th in the nation. They average 41.2 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per contest which ranks them 38th and 56th respectively. In the turnover department the Bruins rank 152nd with 12.7 per game. The Bruins allow 75 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 225th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 98th and 139th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 35.7 rebounds a game which ranks 149th and they give up 13.7 assists per contest which puts them in 199th place in the nation. The Bruins force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 259th in college basketball.
North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 3-5 against the spread
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 6-4 against the over/under
UCLA Bruins Betting Trends
The UCLA Bruins are 4-7 against the spread
The UCLA Bruins are 6-5 against the over/under
North Carolina Tar Heels Injuries
12/15/15 F Kennedy Meeks Knee out indefinitely
UCLA Bruins Injuries
12/18/15 G Prince Ali Knee "?" Saturday vs. North Carolina
12/18/15 C Thomas Welsh Illness "?" Saturday vs. North Carolina
11/14/15 F Gyorgy Goloman Leg out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take North Carolina
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