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Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Pittsburgh Panthers

Where: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

When: Saturday, January 18, 12:00 PM. ET.

The Pittsburgh Panthers will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday afternoon.

Tar Heels Trying To Snap Three-Game Losing Streak

The Tar Heels haven’t played well this season and face the possibility of missing out on the NCAA tournament if they do not dominate down the stretch. They have lost their last three games and will be trying to put an end to their streak and pick up their third win in their last 10 games when they face the Panthers.

North Carolina is averaging 70.8 points per game. The team is shooting 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from three-point range. They finished with 76 points in their last game and will need a similar performance to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Brandon Robinson led the way for the Tar Heels with 27 points and four rebounds. Armando Bacot finished with 21 points and five rebounds, while Garrison Brooks added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels

Robinson was involved in a car accident during the week and his status for this game is unclear.

The Tar Heels are an average defensive team, giving up 70.9 points per game. They gave up 79 points in their last game and will need a significantly better performance if they want to beat the Panthers.

Panthers Going For Second Win In Five Games

The Panthers have also struggled over the last week, losing three of their last four games. Their only win during the stretch came against the Tar Heels and they will be going for the season sweep when they play on Saturday.

Pittsburgh has struggled offensively, averaging 66.3 points per game. The team is shooting 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from three-point range. They finished with 68 points in their last game and will need a better performance to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Trey McGowens led the way for the Panthers with 24 points and four rebounds. Justin Champagnie finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Xavier Johnson added 11 points and five assists for the Panthers.

Pittsburgh has also played well on the defensive end, holding opponents to 61.7 points per game. They gave up 73 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to pick up the win.

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The Tar Heels have struggled offensively this season and have played worse since they lost leading scorer Cole Anthony in December. The team is averaging 70.8 points per game and will struggle to score against the Panthers, who are holding opponents to 61.7 points per game. Pittsburgh has also struggled offensively, averaging 66.3 points per game. However, they will be able to score against the Tar Heels, who are giving up 70.9 points per game and have given up 82.6 points per game in their last three games. The Panthers took the first meeting of the season between the two teams in Chapel Hill, scoring 73 points in that game, so expect them to cruise to an easier victory on Saturday.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Panthers

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The Panthers haven’t been able to get going offensively this season, averaging 66.3 points per game and have gone over 70 points only once in their last four games, which was their win over the Tar Heels. Even though North Carolina is giving up 82.6 points per game in its last three games, expect the Panthers to score fewer than 75 points in this game. The Tar Heels have played a little better offensively, averaging 70.8 points per game. However, they were held to 65 points at home against the Panthers in their first game and will likely be held under 70 points again in this game, which will keep the score under the total. The Panthers and Tar Heels have played under the total in three of their last five meetings, making the under the best bet here.

Prediction: Under

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The Tar Heels will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Panthers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 34.3 points per game while the Panthers average 27 points per game.

Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels

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The Panthers and Tar Heels are averaging 61.3 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.