CBB Pick 2/26/24 – Miami at #10 North Carolina

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North Carolina Seeks to Dominate Struggling Miami on Home Court

The #10 North Carolina Tar Heels (21-6, 13-3 ACC) welcome the Miami Hurricanes (15-13, 6-11 ACC) to the Dean Smith Center on Monday night, as hefty 14-point favorites (wagerweb). UNC aims to recover from a recent inconsistency (4-3 their last 7) while Miami hopes to snap a six-game skid and cause a major upset.

Can Miami Overcome the Odds?

  • Underdog Mentality: The Hurricanes, facing long odds as 14-point underdogs, must find an offensive spark they’ve lacked during their 6 game losing streak.
  • Key Players: Miami will need strong performances from Norchad Omier and Matthew Cleveland, their primary scoring threats, to have any chance of an upset and it should be noted that Guard Nigel Pack has sat out the last three contests with a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will take on North Carolina on Monday.
  • Defensive Intensity: Disrupting the potent UNC offense with aggressive defense could be the Hurricanes’ key to keeping the game within reach.

North Carolina’s Path to Victory

  • Home Court Advantage: The Tar Heels traditionally enjoy a strong edge in the Dean Dome and this year is no different (11-1). They’ll look to capitalize on the energy of the crowd.
  • Offensive Firepower: UNC possesses multiple scoring options, including Armando Bacot and RJ Davis. Expect the Tar Heels to assert their offensive dominance.
  • Rebounding Control: North Carolina’s size and athleticism should give them an edge on the boards, critical for limiting Miami’s second-chance opportunities. They are 7th in the nation in total rebounds with 38.2 per game.


  • Turnovers: If Miami can force turnovers and create transition baskets, they might disrupt UNC’s flow. But that’s a big if with Miami ranking 239th nationally in turnovers.
  • Three-Point Shooting: Hot shooting from beyond the arc can be a game-changer, particularly for the Hurricanes as underdogs and they do have the edge there ranking 44th nationally hitting 36.7%.
  • UNC’s Focus: The Tar Heels need to avoid complacency and maintain intensity against a struggling opponent.


While Miami certainly has the potential to surprise, North Carolina is likely to win this game comfortably. The Tar Heels should cover the spread, fueled by their offensive arsenal and home-court edge.

Our model has North Carolina winning this one 88-69 when using full season data to predict. When using data from only the last 7 games the prediction is closer to the pointspread but with North Carolina still covering, 83-68.

North Carolina -14

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