Gonzaga Vs. North Carolina Predictions – NCAA College Basketball Picks | Betting Odds
Gonzaga was feeling too full of themselves. Their loss against Tennessee this week is actually helpful for the rest of the season and especially to face North Carolina on Saturday. I know it is early in the year, but a win at Chapel Hill will put the Bulldogs in an excellent position to believe they can actually go on a title run. What has separated Gonzaga from a National title is the mindset that they can actually do it. The Bulldogs are +700 to win the College Basketball national title. Only Duke has better odds at +180. North Carolina is listed at +2200. Gonzaga has had the most significant movement since the start of the season. They opened at +1500 at MyBookie.ag. The Tar Heels are a long shot form a program that usually is built to aim for the top.
4 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels Predictions
In the 76-73 loss to Tennessee, the Bulldogs were held under 80 points for first time this season. The 94.1 points per game average for the Bulldogs is the third best in the nation, and their 52.3% field goal percentage is also third best. What happened against the Volunteers is not their identity. They shot only 45.8% from the field. It doesn’t often happen with this team. Gonzaga is a scoring machine that had some problems that night at home against Tennessee. Let’s give credit to the Volunteers. It’s not a surprise the Bulldogs have covered the spread in seven of their ten games this season. They are a loaded team on offense and disciplined on defense.
North Carolina has been up and down this season. They have a 2-2 record in the last four against, including losses to Texas and Michigan. Against the Wolverines, they were held to just 67 points. That was their worst scoring performance of the season. Of course, they followed it with a 97-69 win over UNC Wilmington Seahawks, but that win hardly has bragging rights attached to it. Playing at home, the Tar Heels have covered the spread just once in four games. The expectations were high on North Carolina, but they haven’t delivered like the huge basketball program they are. Now they are in a tight spot. They are not as talented as Gonzaga, and despite playing at their own court might level things out, the Bulldogs are coming off a hurtful defeat.
Two seasons ago these two programs were battling for the College Basketball title in Arizona. Now Gonzaga is trending up while NC is nowhere near where they want to be. I know it is not the same kind of stakes but for the Bulldogs and their coach Mark Few, it will be sweet to get a victory at Chapel Hill. What’s the play? Gonzaga +2.5.
Money line: -110
Game Total: 174.5
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
TV: ESPN 2
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