North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Texas Longhorns
The North Carolina Tar Heels host the Texas Longhorns in Wednesday Night’s featured college basketball action. The Tar Heels are -12 point favorites over Longhorns with an over/under point total set at 153.
The North Carolina Tar Heels play their third game in five days as Roy Williams team gets ready for a week break from the action before they hit the heart of their schedule. UNC has won four games in a row and have won all seven games at home this season though they are 2-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Harrison Barnes is averaging 16.1 points per game, John Henson is averaging 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds, and Tyler Zeller is averaging 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. As a team North Carolina is averaging 86.4 points, 19.5 assists, 44.9 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 48.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points and their opponents shoot 38.3 percent. The Tar Heels have been ranked in the top five all season thus far and they look to be a contender to go to the Final Four and win the whole thing as this team looks like they are only getting better each game. With a tough ACC schedule on tap and with most teams gunning hard for UNC every night out they will be more than put the test and be battle tested when March Madness and the NCAA Tournament roll around.
It’s a rebuilding year for Rick Barnes and his Texas Longhorns after losing the bulk of their team including a few All-Americans. The Longhorns are never too short on talent and though this year’s team isn’t what it was a season ago UT has won their last seven games in a row. J’Covan Brown is averaging 19.3 points and 4.3 assists, Sheldon McClellan is averaging 11.5 points, and Myck Kabongo is averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 assists but just about every player on the Texas roster can hit the boards. As a team Texas is averaging 80.5 points and they are shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while defensively they allow 62.5 points and their opponents shoot just 36.5 percent. This Texas team is raw but when you pound the boards like they do it always gives you a chance and with a Big 12 schedule on the horizon this one should serve as a good barometer to exactly where they are.
North Carolina are 6-14 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, 2-6 against the spread following a cover, and 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Texas is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games overall, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
While this is a big number it looks to be set to entice a Texas play but I just don’t think the Horns have the horses this year to keep it close. I like the way Texas hits the boards but I’ll be hitting Carolina at the window in this spot.
North Carolina Tar Heels -12 Texas Longhorns