Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: Trask Coliseum
When: Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have a NCAA basketball matchup to discuss and a pair of North Carolina schools will compete when the #9 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels meet the UNC Wilmington Seahawks for a night of college hoops. The Tar Heels opened up their 2019-2020 season with an 11 point win over Notre Dame. The Seahawks opened their season with a 20 point trouncing over Johnson and Wales.
North Carolina Defeats Notre DameNorth Carolina jumped all over the Fighting Irish and opened its season with an 11 point win over Notre Dame. Freshman guard Cole Anthony dropped 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for an outstanding collegiate debut. Junior forward Garrison Brooks added 10 points with nine rebounds and junior forward Andrew Platek came off the bench to score eight points with four rebounds.Anthony spoke with reporters as chronicled by the Associated Press;
"It's cool, I'm going to -- not celebrate, but be happy about it a little bit tonight, give myself a little pat on the back," Anthony said. "But we've got practice tomorrow. We've got to lock back in. We've got a game on Friday."
The Tar Heels shot 45.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 58.8 percent from the free-throw line with 51 rebounds alongside 18 turnovers against the Fighting Irish.
Seahawks Wins Home OpenerUNC Wilmington started its season off right, defeating Johnson and Wales by a score of 103-83. Sophomore guard Jaylen Sims led the Seahawks with 19 points and a pair of rebounds with two assists. Junior guard Jay Estime added 13 points with six rebounds and frosh guard Jake Brooks came off the bench to score 13 points with five rebounds to lead the Seahawks to their home-opening win.
The Seahawks shot 49.3 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from downtown with a chilly, 64.5 percent from the free-throw line. Wilmington won the battle of the boards 45-40 and committed 12 turnovers in its season opener.
- Seahawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Seahawks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
The supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are
- Tar Heels are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Colonial Athletic Association.
- Tar Heels are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Tar Heels are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Vegas hasn't posted a line but I would think as long as it isn't over 30 points, I would play Tar Heels to beat the Seahawks. They are a solid team with five-star recruits and returning frontcourt players like Garrison Brooks with experience playing big games. Wilmington is a decent team but no match for the Tar Heels.
I will play the Tar Heels to win this game.
Prediction: North Carolina
Full-Game Total Pick
There isn't a total and we really have no idea what will happen. My math says 150-155 as a maximum number of points for this matchup. I see the Tar Heels getting a big lead and clearing its bench and maybe even the student manager will get to hoist a couple of threes. Wilmington has some nice talent, but I see this as a 90-55 type game.
I will play UNDER in this game.