North Carolina Tar Heels vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina (+3.5)
The North Carolina Tar Heels (11-6) go to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Duke Blue Devils (7-6). North Carolina opens this matchup as 3.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 144.
North Carolina steps onto the court with a mark of 11-6 on the year. The Tar Heels are connecting on 30.2% on three-point shots (87 of 288) and 66.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 73.1 pts per game (146th in Division 1) while hitting 43.4% from the floor. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, North Carolina is snagging 42.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 252 dimes this year, which has them ranked 60th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Tar Heels are able to force 13.5 turnovers every game while drawing 18.7 fouls. They rank 237th in the nation in giving up assists with 214 surrendered so far this season. The Tar Heels are giving up a FG percentage of 42.5% (425 of 1,000) and they surrender 31.6 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are relinquishing 35.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 161st in college basketball in opponents points per game (69.5).
The North Carolina Tar Heels took the court against the Clemson Tigers and took a loss by a final of 63-50 in their last game. North Carolina ended the game having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (17 out of 44) and made 5 of 19 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Tar Heels made 11 of 21 attempts for a rate of 52.4%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 36 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 8 assists in this matchup while getting 4 steals and 2 rejections. Concerning the defense, North Carolina allowed 38.6% from the field on 17 out of 44 shooting. Clemson doled out 12 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Tigers snagged 26 rebounds (4 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Clemson finished the contest at 75.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 9 of their 12 tries. They converted 8 of 23 attempts from long range.
Caleb Love is one player who was a major contributor in this game. He finished with 9 points on 2 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 29 mins played and collected 7 rebounds. Love ended up shooting 20.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that came through in this game for the Tar Heels was Kerwin Walton. He collected 2 rebounds and tallied 2 assists. He finished shooting 42.9% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 3-of-7 (9 points). When the final whistle blew, Walton was on the hardwood for 24 min.
Duke has a mark of 7-6 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Blue Devils are hitting on 45.0% from the field, which ranks 141st in the nation. Duke has earned 965 points on the campaign (74.2 per contest) and they snag 37.1 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.3 times per contest (111th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. The Blue Devils are committing 17.4 personal fouls per contest while shooting 71.4% from the free throw line. The Blue Devils on the defensive side of the court are 194th in college basketball in points given up per game with 70.7. They have relinquished 12.9 dimes and 33.0 boards per contest, which ranks 175th and 90th in Division 1. The Duke defense allows 36.7% on 3-point attempts (88 of 240) and their opponents are making 69.9% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (272nd in college basketball).
In their last game, the Duke Blue Devils took a loss by a score of 77-75 when they faced the Miami Hurricanes. The Blue Devils snagged 19 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 29 for the contest. They also rejected 6 attempts while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Hurricanes committed 11 fouls for this game which took the Blue Devils to the charity stripe for a total of 13 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 92.3%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Duke converted 5 of 18 attempts (27.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Blue Devils finished the game shooting 29 out of 63 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.0%. The Blue Devils allowed the Hurricanes to make 31 of their 59 tries from the field which had them shooting 52.5% in this game. They shot 53.8% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 7 out of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 13 from the free throw line (61.5%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Duke allowed Miami to snag 28 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Matthew Hurt ended up being a factor for the Blue Devils for the matchup. He converted 7 of 15 in the game for a field goal percentage of 46.7%, which earned him 21 points. Hurt grabbed 3 boards in his 38 minutes and earned 2 dimes for this contest. Another guy that was important for Duke was Wendell Moore. He racked up 18 points in his 35 minutes played by going 7 of 9 from the floor in this matchup. Moore wrapped this one up going 77.8% from the floor and also earning 3 assists and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Duke (-3.5) and over 144 points
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