North Carolina Tar Heels vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks and North Carolina Tar Heels meet in round one of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Tar Heels are -20 point favorites over the Gamecocks.
From their play in the early part of the season thus far it looks like it Darrin Horn has his work cut out for him as it is going to be a rebuilding year for the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks are 2-2 thus far this season with wins against Western Carolina and Mississippi Valley State and losses to Elon and Tennessee State. Malik Cook Leads South Carolina with 11.8 points per game, Eric Smith has 10.2 points per game, Anthony Gill averages 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Damien Leonard is averaging 8.2 points. As a team SC is averaging 63 points per game while shooting a miserable 40.3 percent from the floor but they hold their opponents to just 57.2 points per game and 40.4 percent shooting. The schedule is brutal for South Carolina this season and if they don’t pick things up in a hurry they are looking at a long year.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the number one ranked team in the nation and thus far no one has even come close to giving Roy Williams’ team a scare. The Heels opened the season against Michigan State where they pulled away in the second half but since then it’s been three consecutive blowouts. Harrison Barnes is one of the best players in the country averaging 17 points and 4.8 rebounds, John Henson is averaging 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, Tyler Zeller is averaging 16 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Dexter Strickland averages 9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. As a team UNC is averaging 90.2 points per game, 22.2 assists, 45 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 53.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents shoot just 36.9 percent against them. While championships aren’t won in November it’s clear North Carolina looks to be an early favorite.
South Carolina is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against ACC teams, 0-4 against the spread in their last four neutral site games, and 1-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record. North Carolina is 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 games against SEC teams, 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 neutral site games, and 2-5-1 against the spread following a win.
South Carolna just isn’t a good team this seasin and the Tar Heels, well they are stcked. I smell a blowout.
North Carolina Tar Heels -20 South Carolina Gamecocks