3* Main Event on Miami -
North Carolina vs. Miami,
03/17/2013 13:00 EDT,
Score: 77 - 87
Point Spread: -2½/-108 Miami
Miami is 15-6 ATS when playing against teams with a winning record this season and they are 8-2 ATS when that team has won between 60% and 80% of their games. Miami owns a 2-0 record in the series against North Carolina this season and their margin of victory in those two games averages out to 17.5 points. The Hurricanes know how to beat the Tar Heels and they have already proven they are the best team in the ACC.
It may come as a surprise to many, but Roy Williams is 4-13 ATS in conference tournament games as the coach of North Carolina. Now the Tar Heels will face one of the toughest defenses in the ACC. The Hurricanes are holding opponents to 59.8 points per game on 39.4% shooting. They do an exceptional job of avoiding turnovers, averaging 11 per game, as well as making their opponent earn their points in the paint by averaging 5 blocks per game.
The Tar Heels are going to try to force the Hurricanes into a shootout and Jim Larranaga is not going to let that happen. North Carolina gives up 70.8 points per game when they are playing away from home. Both Florida State and Maryland let North Carolina control the pace of the game and that is a mistake this top ranked Miami team is not going to make.