North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers – Feb 25, 2017

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

The North Carolina Tar Heels will travel north to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Petersens Event Center. This game will tip off at 12:00 PM ET.

These two just played 3 weeks ago with the Tar Heels winning a close on by the score of 80-78. In that game, both teams shot at least 50% from the field and the Panthers sunk 13 three pointers.

NC Playing With #1 Seed On Their Minds

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 24-5 SU and 15-12 ATS. They are currently in 1st place in the ACC and are playing with the hopes of holding on for the rest of the year and into the ACC tournament for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. If they hold on and win the ACC title, it will be their 8th title in 13 years! .

North Carolina comes into this game on a 3 game SU and ATS win streak. The Tar Heels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. They are anchored by junior Small Forward Justin Jackson. Jackson is averaging 18.7 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. He is shooting 46% from the field and is shooting almost 40% from beyond the three point line.

Panthers Need A Better Defensive Performance vs. Tar Heels

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 15-13 SU and 12-13-2 ATS. The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. In their last 7 games vs. teams from the ACC, they have gone 6-1 ATS but in straight up, they are 4-11 on the year in the ACC. Straight up, they are 3-7 in their last 10 games but ATS they are 6-4.

The Panthers are one of the ACC’s worst defensive teams and have the 257th ranked defense in points allowed. This is the Panthers final home game of the season.

Tar Heels Out Rebounds Panthers And Win On Road

One of the Panthers biggest weaknesses is rebounding, which just so happens to be one of North Carolina’s strengths. The Panthers played their best game of the year the last time these two played but Tar Heels admittingly played terrible defense defending the 3 point play in that game. That won’t be the issue today as Coach Williams explained that this is a key factor in putting together a better all around performance. I’m looking for a dominating complete game and a Tar Heel victory!

  • Final Pick: This play is a 2 Unit Play on North Carolina