Kentucky vs UNC 12/22/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Game: UNC Tar Heels vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date & Time: 12/22/2018, 10:15 PM UTC
Latest Odds: UNC -4.5 Total 165
TV Channel: CBS

Two top 20 ranked teams face off on Saturday when the No. 19 ranked Kentucky Wildcats visit the United Center in Chicago Illinois to play the No. 9 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The Wildcats improved to 8-2 on the season following an 88-61 victory on Saturday over Utah. Kentucky was led by Keldon Johnson with 24 points. The freshman sank 5 baskets from 3-point territory in the first half.

North Carolina improved to 8-2 on the season with a 103-90 win over then-No. 1 ranked Gonzaga last Saturday. Cameron Johnson led the Tar Heels attack with 25 points including 6 baskets from 3-point territory. The Tar Heels shot 55% for the game in their 13-point win over the Bulldogs.
Keldon Johnson is the leading scorer for Kentucky with an average of 16.2 points. Three other Wildcats are averaging double figures in scoring. Ashton Hagans leads the Wildcats in assists with an average of 3.1 per game. PJ Washington is leading the Wildcats in rebounds with an average of 8.3 per game. Kentucky is shooting 49.8% from the field and 36.9% from 3-point territory.

Cameron Johnson leads the Tar Heels in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game. Luke Maye is the third leading scorer and leader in rebounds with averages of 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The leader in assists is Kenny Williams with an average of 4.8 per game. North Carolina is shooting 49.5% from the field and 37.3%% from 3-point territory.

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Betting Trends

Kentucky is 5-2-1 ATS in its last 8 versus ACC

The OVER has cashed in 6 of the Wildcats last 7 on neutral courts

North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 on neutral courts

The UNDER has cashed in each of the Tar Heels last 5 versus SEC teams

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Kentucky Wildcats +4.5

This game will be similar to the battle North Carolina had with Gonzaga and came out on top. The Tar Heels led by Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye will beat the inexperienced young Wildcats, but Kentucky will cover. The Wildcats have covered 10 of the last 14 when playing a team with a winning record straight up. Final Score Prediction, North Carolina Tar Heels win but fall short ATS 84-82.

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