Maryland Terrapins vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 6-point favorites at home over the Maryland Terrapins in ACC Conference action.Â The over/under for the game is set at 140. ACC betting fans will love to sink their teeth into this fantastic Sunday night showdown.
Many have already written off the Terrapins as having no shot of making the March Madness Tournament.Â Though I admit that Maryland has a lack of quality wins, the prospects of ending the regular season on a five-game winning streak and 10 wins in the ACC makes me believe that there is at least hope to make itÂ into the field as an at-large team. The play of Jordan Williams is going to be of paramount importance. The big man has frustrated some of the best teams in America this year, and he is going to have to be the subject of an upset if there is one brewing. Williams is averaging 17.2 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. The rest of this team is definitely challenged to find both scoring and rebounding. Dino Gregory is the second best rebounder on this team at 6.0 per game, and he is the only other man averaging more than 3.5 RPG. Terrell Stoglin and Cliff Tucker are both double-digit scorers, but they’re the only other ones on the squad and certainly aren’t stars like Williams is.
The only team that has beaten North Carolina since January 16 is the Duke Blue Devils. The Tar Heels have really found their stride, and they’re moving towards a very high seed in the NCAA Tournament this season. However, lately the Tar Heels seem to be having at least some minimal issues with teams on their home court. They struggled offensively against Boston College on February 19th winning 48-46.Â Tyler Zeller who averages 14.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game leads the Tar Heels.Â Harrison Barnes has picked up his play in the 2nd half of the season and now averages 13.5 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
The Terrapins have won four of the last five games over the Tar Heels and are 5-0 against the spread in those games.Â Maryland won last year at home convincingly 92-71.Â I expect North Carolina to take revenge today and easily cover the six point spread at home.
North Carolina Tar Heels -6 Maryland Terrapins