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Michigan vs. North Carolina prediction and pick for Wednesday's Big 10/ACC Challenge showdown between the two teams. Jason Radowitz gives us his pick
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Michigan vs. North Carolina Prediction: Both Teams Looking for Much-Needed Win

The North Carolina Tar Heels will welcome the Michigan Wolverines to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Currently, this year, both teams are 4-2 and have struggled against the premier competition to start the season.

North Carolina has losses to Purdue and Tennessee and wins against four teams in the bottom half of college basketball. Meanwhile, Michigan has a win against Buffalo and UNLV, but no wins in the top 50 either, with losses to Arizona and Seton Hall.

One of these two teams is about to get their first top 50 win to help fill their resume. Which team will it be? Here are our picks and predictions for the Michigan vs North Carolina game at 9:15 pm ET on ESPN.

Michigan vs North Carolina Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Game Time: 9:15 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ESPN

Michigan vs. North Carolina odds

Michigan vs. North Carolina INJURY REPORT

Michigan

Out: G Zeb Jackson (Illness)

North Carolina

Out: G Puff Johnson (Hip)

Michigan vs North Carolina Prediction

It’s been an interesting year for both, Michigan and North Carolina this year. Both teams are 4-2 on the year and one team is in danger of starting the season 4-3.

Michigan will play its first road game of the season and North Carolina will play its fourth home game. Of course, this home game is the biggest home game of the season, playing against a top team in college basketball.

Michigan is struggling from the floor right now. The Wolverines are shooting just 29.1 percent from long range this season but have knocked down 58.2 percent of shots inside the arc. The Wolverines are also getting to the line at a high rate and have had success on the offensive glass. However, Michigan is turning the ball over 21.5 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, North Carolina is only forcing turnovers 11.6 percent of the time. Michigan should be able to limit turnovers on the offensive end. The Tar Heels have also been able to limit offensive rebounds and free throws as they’re in the top 50 in both of those categories to start the season as well.

The Wolverines have plenty of talent offensively but it’s been Eli Brooks and Hunter Dickinson that have given the most contribution on the offensive end. No other player on Michigan is averaging over nine points this season.

On the other hand, North Carolina is shooting 41.4 percent from downtown on the season while hitting 74.1 percent from the foul line. The Tar Heels are currently the better offense but have been weak on defense as discussed above.

The Wolverines are the better defense as they’ve shut down opponents from deep, allowing just 25.4 percent from long range. Still, Michigan isn’t the greatest on the defensive glass and North Carolina will have chances at second opportunities. The Wolverines also don’t force many turnovers on the defensive end.

The reality is, North Carolina has more depth on the offensive end. They’ve got five players in double figures and any one of those five guys, including Armando Bacot and Caleb Love, can have a big day at any given time.

They say defense beats offense, but with North Carolina at home, I like the Tar Heels to get the win. I’ll play it safe and take the cover at +2.

Michigan vs. North Carolina Pick

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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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