The North Carolina Tar Heels (20-12) will take on the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (23-6) on Thursday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at Greensboro Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the North Carolina vs. Virginia odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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The 7th-seeded Tar Heels cruised to an 85-61 win over Boston College in the 2nd round on Wednesday to cover as 11-point favorites. North Carolina has won 4 of its last 5 games.
The 2nd-seeded Cavaliers failed to cover as 18.5-point home favorites despite beating Louisville 75-60 in its last regular-season game on Saturday. Virginia has gone 7-3 in its last 10 games.
North Carolina and Virginia will meet for the 3rd time this season with both teams winning at home. The Cavaliers won as 4.5-point favorites 65-58 on Jan. 10 as the 132.5 Under hit. The Tar Heels won as 4.5-point favorites 71-63 on Feb. 25 as the 132.5 Over cashed.
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North Carolina vs. Virginia odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:08 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): North Carolina +115 (bet $100 to win $115) | Virginia -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): North Carolina +2.5 (-115) | Virginia -2.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 129.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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North Carolina vs. Virginia picks and predictions
Virginia 71, North Carolina 65
BET VIRGINIA (-135).
North Carolina desperately needs a win to have any chance of clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament. That being said, Virginia is 15-5 against ACC opponents this season.
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VIRGINIA -2.5 (-105) is the pick with it not being a massive spread for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are 2-0 ATS at a neutral site this season; the Tar Heels are 2-3-1 ATS on neutral courts.
North Carolina is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games following an ATS win, and the favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
OVER 129.5 (-110) is how I’d bet the total with North Carolina allowing 71.3 points per game (222nd in the nation). Both teams are also averaging a combined 144.7 points per game this season.
The Tar Heels and the Cavaliers are a combined 6-2 to the Over in neutral-site games this season.
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