Against the Spread Pick
The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost four games in a row heading onto Saturday’s date with the Virginia Cavaliers. When the Tar Heels are cold, they are really cold. They have now endured three different losing streaks of at least four games, including five setbacks in succession earlier in the ACC schedule. Of course, things should not be as bad as they are right now for head coach Roy Williams’ squad. North Carolina collapsed against Duke from 13 points up with less than four minutes remaining last weekend. There would be no recovering from that overtime loss, as the Heels followed it up with a 74-57 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday. Speaking of OT, Virginia got 20 points from Mamadi Diakite during a 50-49 victory over Notre Dame that required an extra frame earlier this week. The favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings between the two teams. You have to like VIRGINIA here.
Over Under Pick
Virginia is coming off the most Virginia kind of game. Yes, a grand total of 99 points were scored even though the Wahoos and Fighting Irish played for 45 minutes. Diakite, who was really a defensive specialist on the 2018-19 National Championship team, is the only player on UVA averaging more than 10.3 ppg. North Carolina’s offense has pretty much been a disaster aside from the first 37 minutes against Duke. Expect this one to stay UNDER the total.