Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Dean Smith Center
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The Louisville Cardinals head to Dean Smith Center to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The opening line for this game has North Carolina as 4.5 point favorites.
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The Cardinals come into this game with an overall record of 22-5 and a road record of 5-3. They are 16-8 against the spread and their over/under record is 11-14. The Tar Heels have an overall record of 23-5 and a home record of 14-0. They have an over/under record of 10-16 and they are 13-13 against the spread.
Donovan Mitchell comes into this contest averaging 15.6 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Cardinals. He pulls down 4.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Quentin Snider averages 12.5 points per game in 31 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.1 assists per contest and 2.7 rebounds per game for Louisville. His field goal percentage is 38% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
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Justin Jackson averages 18.6 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per contest this year for the Tar Heels. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 76%. Joel Berry averages 14.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.2 rebounds per contest and 4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Louisville averages 77.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 61st in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 13.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 117th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 109th in the country. They average 40 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game which ranks them 16th and 147th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 20th with 10.9 per game. The Cardinals allow 64.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the nation. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34 rebounds a game which ranks 107th and they give up 10.7 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the country. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 82nd in Division 1.
North Carolina averages 86.3 points per game this year which ranks them 5th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 14.9 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 38th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 83rd in the nation. They average 43.7 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per contest which ranks them 1st and 3rd respectively. In the turnover department the Tar Heels rank 80th with 12.1 per game. The Tar Heels allow 71.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 143rd in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 70th and 121st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 31 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 12 assists per contest which puts them in 76th place in the nation. The Tar Heels force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 97th in college basketball.
The Cardinals average 73.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 80.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 8.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 4.3 per contest. The Cardinals have an offensive rating of 112.4 and they assist on 49.1% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 68.6 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Louisville turns the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 10% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 54.1% while their offensive rebound percentage is 36.8%. The Cardinals give up 64.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 76 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Tar Heels score 88.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 80 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 13.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 23.3 points per game. The Tar Heels have a rating on offense of 118 and 57.5% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 73.3 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. North Carolina turns it over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 9.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 58.9% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 42.4%. The Tar Heels give up 64.9 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 66.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends
The Louisville Cardinals are 16-8 against the spread
The Louisville Cardinals are 11-14 against the over/under
North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 13-13 against the spread
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 10-16 against the over/under
Louisville Cardinals Injuries
02/21/17 F V.J. King Thigh "?" Wednesday vs. North Carolina
01/25/17 G Tony Hicks Hand out indefinitely
North Carolina Tar Heels Injuries
02/15/17 G Kenny Williams Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Louisville +4.5
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