UNC vs. UNC Asheville Predictions: Tar Heels In Desperate Need of a Win

UNC vs. UNC Asheville predictions and picks for Tuesday's college basketball matchup. The Tar Heels desperately need a win after 2 straight losses
Jason Radowitz
Tue, November 23, 9:12 AM EST

UNC vs. UNC Asheville Predictions: Tar Heels In Desperate Need of a Win

The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost two straight games against top-tier competition in Purdue and Tennessee. Now they’ll look to rebound from those two losses against an “easier” opponent in UNC Asheville at home.

The Bulldogs are 2-2 on the year and have traded wins or losses to start the season. If that trend continues, UNC Asheville will be looking at a loss tonight. That’s not so hard to predict as a major underdog. The Tar Heels are going to win this game. The big question is by how many points?

Here are our picks and predictions for the UNC Asheville vs North Carolina Tar Heels game on Tuesday, November 23.

UNC Asheville vs North Carolina Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ACCNX

UNC vs. UNC Asheville odds

UNC Asheville vs, North Carolina INJURY REPORT

UNC Asheville

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North Carolina

Out: Puff Johnson G (Hip)

UNC Asheville vs. North Carolina Prediction

Tonight, the North Carolina Tar Heels will play in a “get-right” game. After losing two straight to top tier competition, the Tar Heels need to regroup and look themselves in the mirror.

Currently, the Tar Heels are forcing just 11.8 percent turnovers and have allowed teams to shoot a 54.5 percent effective field goal percentage. The opposition has literally shot 37.6 percent from long range and 53.4 percent from inside the arc to start the year.

The Tar Heels have been terrific on the defensive glass, but because the defense has been so miserable, they haven’t been getting as many chances to grab rebounds right now.

On the offensive side of the ball, North Carolina is led by Caleb Love, who is averaging 17.4 points per game. Armando Bacot has dominated the glass, averaging nine rebounds per game.

The offense really isn’t the problem. UNC is scoring 85.4 points per game while shooting an effective field goal percentage of 56.3 percent. Like I stated earlier, the rebounding has been solid on the defensive end and while the Tar Heels haven’t dominated the glass on the offensive end, things are going to change going up against UNC Asheville.

The Bulldogs are one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in the nation, allowing the opposition to secure 47.2 percent of offensive rebounds. So while the Bulldogs have held opponents to 20.7 percent from long range, that number doesn’t matter nearly as much if UNC Asheville can’t rebound.

That’s why teams are currently shooting 57.5 percent against the Bulldogs inside. All those second-chance points are coming from inside the arc. Plus, North Carolina is already shooting 40.4 percent from long range and likely won’t end up shooting just 20 percent from downtown as the longer and more athletic team.

I’ll take UNC to cover the massive spread. The Tar Heels will be all over the glass in this one and defensively, there’s nothing that excites you from the Bulldogs.

UNC Asheville vs. North Carolina Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.
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