North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh prediction and odds for Friday, December 30 (Trust pace and pedigree with UNC

This will be one of the best sports weekends of the year. We’ve had some great ones lately, but this week we have the NFL, the CFB Playoff and bowl games.

However, college basketball season still continues to play on, and we’ve got an early, standalone game today at noon ET for an ACC battle between Pitt and No. 25 UNC today.

The Panthers are rolling right now at 9-4, but haven’t played since December 20. Jeff Capel’s team has to be champing at the bit to get back on the floor and try to extend their three-game win streak and get their third win in the ACC. If they can win this one, they’ll be halfway to their conference win total from a season ago.

UNC is also at 9-4 and after relinquishing the preseason No. 1 spot in the AP Poll, they’ve battled back to No. 25 and come in on a four-game win streak, but The Tar Heels are just 1-1 in the ACC. Let’s get right into the odds, plus a UNC vs. Pitt best bet for the early game of the college basketball slate.

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Odds, Spread and Total

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Prediction and Pick

Earlier in the year, I ripped Jeff Capel and Pitt after looking like a dead program the past two years. There was little to be excited about in Pittsburgh, but since then, the Panthers just keep winning games, and more importantly, keep covering. They’re 9-3-1 against the spread this season, which compares favorably to UNC. The Tar Heels are 4-8-1 ATS because they were probably the most overrated team in the country to start the year.

Last time out, Pitt got an 84-82 win over Syracuse. Blake Hinson and Nelly Cumming carried them in that high-scoring affair with 25 and 22 respectively. Today, those two will need to match Armando Bacot and Caleb Love, which is no small task, considering both average 18 points a game.

UNC has found success playing fast. They’re 21st in the country in possessions per game with 75.8, but in their last three games, all wins, they’re averaging 78.9 possessions per game, third in the country. I don’t think Pitt will be able to match their pace, and that pace can offset poor shooting if they’re rusty from the nine-day layoff.

It’s very hard to go against Pitt right now and it feels gross to take a favorite that is 4-8-1 ATS, especially one that is 313th in points allowed per game, but I like UNC because of pace and pedigree.

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