North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina (+6.5)
The North Carolina Tar Heels (12-6) go to John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Virginia Cavaliers (14-3). North Carolina opens this matchup as 6.5-point dogs. The total is set at 130.5.
North Carolina steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 12-6 so far this year. They average 74.1 points per contest (124th in college hoops) while hitting 44.0% from the field. The Tar Heels are hitting 32.0% on 3-pointers (97 of 303) and 65.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, North Carolina is collecting 42.5 rebounds per contest and has racked up 272 dimes this season, which ranks 66th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 15.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.3 personal fouls per game. Defensively, the Tar Heels are able to force 13.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.7 personal fouls. They give up 36.3% on three-point shots while they are 185th in college basketball in opponents PPG (70.4). The Tar Heels are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.2% (461 of 1,067) and they relinquish 31.6 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 231st in Division 1 in giving up assists with 237 conceded for the year.
The North Carolina Tar Heels stepped onto the hardwood against the Duke Blue Devils and took home the win by a score of 91-87 in their last game. North Carolina finished with a 53.1% FG percentage (34 out of 64) and made 10 out of their 15 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Tar Heels made 13 of 22 shots for a percentage of 59.1%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 35 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 20 assists for the matchup while earning 10 steals and 3 blocked shots. In relation to defense, North Carolina allowed 53.1% from the field on 34 of 64 shooting. Duke distributed 23 assists and had 10 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Blue Devils snagged 28 boards (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Duke finished 57.1% at the charity stripe by knocking down 4 of 7 attempts. They also buried 11 of 25 attempts from distance.
Caleb Love is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He ended up scoring 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 31 mins and also totaled 2 rebounds. Love walked away from this one shooting 56.3% from the field and also recorded 7 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in the matchup for the Tar Heels was Armando Bacot. He grabbed 6 boards and also accumulated 2 assists. He ended up going 50.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 6-of-12 (16 points). When the game finished, Bacot was on the hardwood for 25 minutes.
Virginia has a win-loss mark of 14-3 for the campaign. Virginia has accumulated 1,199 pts on the year (70.5 per game) and they pull in 31.7 boards per contest. The Cavaliers are committing 12.6 fouls per contest and they go 81.7% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Cavaliers are shooting 49.5% from the floor, which is 28th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 14.2 times per contest (120th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 9.5 times per contest. The Cavaliers are ranked 6th in D-1 in points given up per game with 59.4. They are forcing 10.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (81st in D-1). The Virginia defense gives up 33.0% on shots from 3-point land (115 of 348) and opponents are making 75.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 11.4 dimes and 28.4 rebounds every game, which ranks 73rd and 4th in college hoops.
When they last played, the Virginia Cavaliers walked away with a victory by a final of 57-49 when they played the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Cavaliers pulled down 30 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 33 in this contest. They also stuffed 7 tries while getting 2 steals for this game. The Yellow Jackets were called for 9 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 2 shots. They were able to make 2 of them for a rate of 100.0%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Virginia converted 7 of their 20 attempts (35.0%). Overall, the Cavaliers finished the game shooting 24 for 49 from the floor which had them shooting 49.0%. The Cavaliers permitted the Yellow Jackets to knock down 18 out of their 50 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.0% in this matchup. They shot 19.0% from downtown by going 4 of 21 and finished the contest at 9 of 11 at the charity stripe (81.8%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Virginia permitted Georgia Tech to snag 18 in total (2 on the offensive glass).
Trey Murphy was important for the Cavaliers in this contest. He buried 7 out of 11 in the matchup giving him a rate of 63.6%, which earned him 18 points. Murphy had 5 rebounds in his 38 mins and tallied 2 dimes in this contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Virginia was Kihei Clark. He totaled 14 points in his 38 minutes played by going 5 out of 13 shooting for this game. Clark finished going 38.5% from the field and also contributing 6 assists and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Virginia (-6.5) and under 130.5 points
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