Wisconsin Badgers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (+2)
Mackey Arena is the site where and the North Carolina Tar Heels (18-10) will play the Wisconsin Badgers (17-12) on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin opens this contest as 2-point underdogs. The total has been set at 138.5.
Wisconsin enters this contest with a mark of 17-12 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 8.9 times per game and as a team are committing 16.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Wisconsin is collecting 33.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 386 dimes for the year, which ranks 47th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Badgers are connecting on 36.0% on three-point shots (248 of 689) and 76.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 69.6 pts per game (222nd in Division 1) while going 42.1% from the field. On the defensive end, the Badgers are forcing their opponents into 11.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.3 personal fouls. They surrender 33.0% on 3-point shots and they rank 38th in college basketball in opponents points per game (64.3). The Badgers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.3% (679 of 1,606) and they surrender 35.2 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 289th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 360 relinquished this season.
The Wisconsin Badgers took the court against the Iowa Hawkeyes and took a loss by a final of 62-57 in their last game. Wisconsin ended with a 38.6% FG percentage (22 out of 57) and made 7 out of their 17 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Badgers knocked down 6 of 6 tries for a rate of 100.0%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected a total of 33 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 11 assists for the game while creating 8 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In relation to defense, Wisconsin allowed 40.6% from the floor on 26 out of 64 shooting. Iowa distributed 18 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Iowa collected 35 boards (12 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 10 blocked shots. Iowa finished shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 8 of their 10 attempts. They also buried 2 of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
D'Mitrik Trice is a guy who was a contributor in this game. He finished with 19 points on 8 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes and also collected 2 rebounds. Trice ended up going 47.1% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Badgers was Brad Davison. He grabbed 3 rebounds in his 34 min played. He shot 42.9% from the floor in this game via 3-of-7 (10 points). Overall, Davison had 3 assists.
North Carolina has a win-loss mark of 18-10 on the campaign. The Tar Heels commit 16.9 personal fouls every game and they hit 66.8% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 15.5 times per contest (50th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.8 times per contest. North Carolina has accounted for 2,119 points on the campaign (75.7 per game) and they grab 43.1 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Tar Heels are shooting 44.1% from the field, which ranks 186th in the country. The Tar Heels defensively are ranked 152nd in D-1 in PPG given up with 69.4. The North Carolina defense allows 34.5% on 3-point shots (220 of 638) and opponents are making 69.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 12.9 dimes and 32.4 rebounds per game, which ranks them 176th and 63rd in college hoops. They are forcing 13.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (114th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the North Carolina Tar Heels walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 69-66 when they faced the Florida State Seminoles. The Tar Heels were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds totaling 38 in the game. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while earning 8 steals for this game. The Seminoles had 19 fouls in this contest which took the Tar Heels to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to convert 14 of them for a percentage of 56.0%. In relation to 3-pointers, North Carolina made 6 of their 18 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Tar Heels walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 68 from the field which gave them a rate of 33.8%. The Tar Heels permitted the Seminoles to bury 24 of 53 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 45.3% in this contest. They finished 38.5% from distance by connecting on 5 of 13 and ended up going 16 out of 22 at the charity stripe (72.7%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, North Carolina allowed Florida State to get 35 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Caleb Love ended up being a major contributor for the Tar Heels in this game. He converted 4 of 14 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 28.6%, and had 2 rebounds. Love earned 13 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 1 assist for the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for North Carolina was Armando Bacot. He ended up walking away with 1 assist in his 26 mins played, and he put in 5 of 10 from the floor. Bacot walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field while notching 12 points and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina (-2)
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