North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Clemson Tigers

The North Carolina Tar Heels are a 5-point favorite over the Clemson Tigers in the semi-finals of the ACC tournament.  The over/under for the game is listed at 137.  Any hope of the North Carolina Tar Heels securing one of the four No. 1 seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament appeared dead for most of Friday’s ACC quarterfinal matchup with the Miami Hurricanes.  In fact, the Tar Heels were only ahead in the game for one second.  The one second turned out to be the most important time of the game as Tyler Zeller’s buzzer beater lifted North Carolina to a 61-59 victory after Miami led by as many as 19 points.

North Carolina, favored by 10 points, played like anything but the conference top seed for much of the first 30 minutes.  The Tar Heels committed 15 turnovers in the first half, six of those in the initial 4:30 of play. Miami didn’t find its range from three-point land until late in the first half; otherwise the Hurricanes would’ve taken more than a nine-point lead into the locker room. Miami would again lose its long-range touch midway through the second half when North Carolina started to find the net from outside.  Leslie McDonald and Kendall Marshall initiated the Tar Heels comeback, with Marshall also contributing 10 assists on the afternoon, none of them bigger than the final dish under the bucket to Zeller for the winner. Friday’s victory was North Carolinas eighth straight, and 13th in the last 14 games.  der’ bettors have won six times during the Tar Heels’ winning streak.

Unlike North Carolina who only led at the end of its game, Clemson was on top of Boston College wire-to-wire on Friday, rolling to a 70-47 rout. The Tigers, 4-point favorites, jumped to an 11-0 lead over the Eagles and never looked back.  Boston College’s first point in the game came on a free throw with almost 5:30 gone in the first half, and the Eagles’ first field goal came just before the seven-minute mark.  Demontez Stitt paced the Tigers with 20 points, adding eight boards and four assists.  Jerai Grant contributed 12 points to the Clemson attack and accounted for half of the Tigers’ eight blocked shots.

North Carolina beat Clemson twice during the regular season covering the 5-point spread at home in a 75-65 win on January 18th and shing’ as a two-point road favorite, 64-62, on February 12th.  The Tar Heels should play much better today then they did yesterday from the start.  I believe that the Tar Heels will beat Clemson for a 3rd time this season and cover the five points.  Take the Tar Heels minus the 5 today.


North Carolina Tar Heels -5 Clemson Tigers

March 12, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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