Head coach Mike Brey has led the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to their greatest level of success in two generations. But Brey’s program is in danger of missing March Madness for the first time since 2009. Injuries and bad luck have been a big part of Notre Dame’s woes with the College Basketball betting line. The grueling Atlantic Coast Conference has proven to be a difficult league to retool in. The North Carolina Tar Heels are coming off two huge wins and have captured momentum. North Carolina hosts Notre Dame on Monday.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Date and Time: Monday, February 12, 2018, 7 p.m. Eastern
Location: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Notre Dame +10½ (-110) 151½ (-110)
North Carolina -10½ (-110) 151½ (-110)
Fighting Irish vs. Tar Heels TV Coverage: ESPN
The resurgent North Carolina Tar Heels have a three game College Basketball betting line winning streak. Last Thursday they scored a huge 82-78 home payout over Duke. That was followed by a 96-89 payout at North Carolina State. Head coach Roy Williams’ team is 19-7 straight up and 14-10-1 against the spread. UNC has got the money in nine out of 12 home games. Over the total has hit in ten out of those 12 home games. Offense is what ignites the Tar Heels success. They rank 24th in the nation for scoring 83.3 points per game. Junior forward Luke May leads with 18.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are 15-10 straight up and 9-11 against the spread. The Irish have failed to cover five out of their last seven games. Over the total has paid out in four out of the last five Irish tilts. Senior forward Bonzie Colson remains out with a bad foot. He was averaging 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been the superior sportsbook online value in this series. In their last eight games against the Tar Heels the Irish have come away with the cash six times. Under the total has hit in four out of the last five meetings in this head to head series. In their last three visits to the Dean E. Smith Center Notre Dame has hit the cashier’s cage all three times. All three of those games also went under the number.
Matchup to Watch
North Carolina could begin to be peaking with the College Basketball betting line. Notre Dame has suffered badly from the injury to Bonzie Colson. The Irish have failed to deliver the depth necessary to bring value in ACC action. Dame also lacks the offensive firepower of the talented UNC team. That being said the oddsmakers know they have to “sweeten the pot” to attract betting action towards the Irish. The wagering public will be all over the Tar Heels. Notre Dame makes for a potential contrarian value selection.
Fighting Irish vs. Tar heels NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
Notre Dame is struggling but they are always well coached. The also bring a track record of profits in their games at North Carolina. The Fighting Irish are the value play in this one.
NCAA Betting Online Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Fighting Irish 76, Tar Heels 80
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