North Carolina Tar Heels vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 12/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) are hosting the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-4) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
The North Carolina Tar Heels played The Citadel and earned the victory with a final of 100-59 in their last contest. North Carolina ended the game having earned a 49.2% field goal percentage (32 of 65) and made 15 of their 31 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Tar Heels buried 21 of 27 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 45 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 24 dimes in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In relation to defense, North Carolina allowed the other team to shoot 40.7% from the field on 22 out of 54 shooting. The Citadel earned 10 assists and had 8 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, The Citadel collected 22 rebounds (1 offensive, 21 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. The Citadel finished shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 6 of 8 tries. They buried 9 out of their 26 shots from 3-point range. Regarding fouls, the Tar Heels ended up finishing with 11 and The Citadel recorded 20 fouls.
Caleb Love is one guy who played a role for the matchup. He ended up scoring 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 29 minutes played and pulled down 3 rebounds. He went 60.0% from the floor and also recorded 6 dimes.
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North Carolina steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 7-4 this season. They cough up possession 11.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, North Carolina is collecting 39.7 rebounds per game and is sitting with 136 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 214th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Tar Heels are connecting on 31.5% from downtown (70 of 222) and 75.4% from the charity stripe. They average 80.9 pts per game (41st in the country) while shooting 45.7% from the field.
On defense, the Tar Heels are able to force 11.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.6 fouls. They are ranked 261st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 145 surrendered on the campaign. The Tar Heels defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.7% (306 of 717) and they concede 35.1 rebounds per game as a group. They surrender 34.4% on shots from distance and they are 288th in college hoops in PPG allowed (73.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Ohio State Buckeyes went home victorious with a score of 67-59 against Rutgers. When discussing rebounds, Ohio State permitted Rutgers to get 24 overall (5 offensive). They went 31.6% from behind the 3-point line by going 6 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 5 out of 7 at the charity stripe (71.4%). The Buckeyes allowed Rutgers to make 24 out of 59 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 40.7% for this game. In all, the Buckeyes finished 26 for 56 from the floor which had them sitting at 46.4%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Ohio State knocked down 8 out of 19 tries (42.1%). They were able to bury 7 of them for a percentage of 58.3%. Rutgers committed 17 personal fouls in this contest which took the Buckeyes to the charity stripe for a total of 12 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 6 steals in the matchup. The Buckeyes corralled 21 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 31 in this contest.
Zed Key ended up being important for the Buckeyes in this game. He earned 22 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood and had 2 assists in this matchup. He converted 9 out of 12 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and had 14 rebounds.
Ohio State has a win-loss mark of 7-2 on the campaign. The Buckeyes have committed 15.1 fouls per contest while shooting 77.5% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 12.7 times per game (245th in Division 1) and they cough up possession 11.8 times per game. Ohio State has scored 711 pts for the season (79.0 per contest) and they collect 40.3 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Buckeyes are shooting 48.1% from the field, which is 57th in college basketball.
The Ohio State defense gives up 27.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (48 of 172) and their opponents are converting on 71.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 10.4 dimes and 29.9 rebounds per game, which is 47th and 16th in college basketball. The Buckeyes are ranked 70th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 63.6. They are forcing 11.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.5% from the floor (87th in Division 1).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina
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