Pittsburgh Panthers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 2/16/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Location: Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC
The North Carolina Tar Heels (18-7) are welcoming the Pittsburgh Panthers (10-16) at Dean E. Smith Center on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Panthers faced off with North Carolina State and earned the victory with a final of 71-69 in their last contest. Pittsburgh finished having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (22 of 55) and converted 4 of 14 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Panthers converted 23 of their 25 tries for a percentage of 92.0%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 40 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists in this contest while forcing 9 turnovers and having 3 steals. Pertaining to defending, Pittsburgh allowed the other team to go 39.7% from the field on 23 of 58 shooting. North Carolina State recorded 11 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. In addition, North Carolina State pulled down 22 rebounds (6 offensive, 16 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. North Carolina State finished shooting 87.5% from the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 16 attempts. They also buried 9 of their 24 tries from beyond the arc. Concerning personal fouls, the Panthers walked away with 15 while North Carolina State finished the game with 18 personal fouls.
John Hugley is someone who had an impact in this contest. He accounted for 21 points on 4 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes and collected 10 rebounds. He ended up shooting 36.4% from the field and also distributed 6 assists.
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Pittsburgh steps onto the court with a mark of 10-16 this season. They turn it over 13.4 times per contest and as a unit are committing 15.5 personal fouls per game. As a team, Pittsburgh is grabbing 35.0 boards per game and is sitting with 283 assists this season, which has them ranked 271st in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Panthers are shooting 32.1% on shots from 3-point land (141 of 439) and 69.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 62.0 points per contest (345th in college basketball) while hitting 41.1% from the field.
On defense, the Panthers are forcing their opponents into 10.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. They concede 35.6% on 3-pointers and they are 108th in college basketball in opponents points per game (66.5). The Panthers defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 42.4% (605 of 1,427) and they relinquish 31.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 316th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 366 surrendered on the season.
In their last game, the North Carolina Tar Heels got the victory with a final of 94-74 against Florida State. When talking about rebounding, North Carolina allowed Florida State to collect 32 in total (13 on the offensive glass). They finished 47.4% from distance by shooting 9 of 19 and ended up shooting 13 of 20 at the charity stripe (65.0%). The Tar Heels permitted Florida State to bury 26 out of 67 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.8% in this matchup. In all, the Tar Heels shot 37 for 67 from the field which gave them a rate of 55.2%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, North Carolina converted 12 of their 28 tries (42.9%). They were able to knock down 8 of the free throws for a rate of 61.5%. Florida State earned 15 fouls in this game which got the Tar Heels to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while earning 7 steals for the contest. The Tar Heels snagged 27 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 39 in the matchup.
Armando Bacot was important for the Tar Heels for the contest. He buried 7 of 9 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 77.8%, and added 14 rebounds. He totaled 17 points in his 28 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist in this matchup.
North Carolina has a win-loss mark of 18-7 on the year. The Tar Heels are committing 14.9 fouls every game and they shoot 75.3% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 14.8 times per game (68th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.8 times per game. North Carolina has 1,968 pts for the season (78.7 per contest) and they collect 40.1 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Tar Heels are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which is 88th in college basketball.
The Tar Heels on the defensive side of the court are 281st in college basketball in PPG allowed with 72.9. They are forcing 9.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.3% from the floor (204th in college hoops). The North Carolina defense allows 35.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (204 of 583) and opponents are making 72.3% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 13.3 dimes and 32.6 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 233rd and 74th in the nation.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Carolina
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