Free College Basketball Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers 2/25/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers 2/25/23
Sat 25th February 2023

The No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (21-5, 13-4 ACC), one of the country’s top scoring defenses, travel to face the North Carolina Tar Heels (17-11, 9-8 ACC) on Saturday. Virginia was beaten by the Boston College Eagles 63-48 at Silvio O. Conte Forum on Wednesday.

Jayden Gardner led the way in the loss with 16 points. The Cavaliers remain second in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina found victory on Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 63-59.

Armando Bacot had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team. The Tar Heels are seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The teams are meeting for the last time this season. Virginia will be aiming for a season sweep against North Carolina after getting the win in the only earlier game 65-58 at John Paul Jones Arena on January 10.

Ben Vander Plas led the Cavaliers with 17 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. RJ Davis had 16 points in defeat.Armaan Franklin (12.4 ppg), Kihei Clark (11.6), and Gardner (11.3) are leading the Cavaliers in scoring this season. Gardner also has grabbed 5.2 rebounds per game, while Clark has dished 5.7 assists per game.

Caleb Love (17.1 ppg), Bacot (16.6), and Davis (15.6) have supplied much of the Tar Heels’ offense. Bacot also has collected 10.7 rebounds per game, eighth-most in the NCAA, while Davis has recorded 3.2 assists per game.

The Cavaliers are one of the stingiest scoring defenses in the NCAA, ranking ninth with 60.2 points per game allowed. In the last 10 games, Virginia is 8-2 with an average margin of +4.7 (66.3-61.6).

North Carolina has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 72.5 points per game on average while holding opponents to 70.8 (+1.7 margin). The Tar Heels are averaging 77.3 ppg for the full season while allowing 72.1.

CAVALIERS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kadin Shedrick: 6.8 | 9.8 | -3.0

TAR HEELS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Puff Johnson: 8.8 | 5.8 | +3.0
Seth Trimble: 1.6 | 3.5 | -1.9
Points per game:
Pete Nance: 6.2 | 8.6 | -2.4
Rebounds per game:
Leaky Black: 9.0 | 6.5 | +2.5
Assists per game:
Caleb Love: 1.6 | 2.8 | -1.2

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

UNC -3.5 (-105)

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