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College Basketball Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Michigan State Spartans

Jeff GrantContributor IDecember 4, 2013

College Basketball Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans are 34-9 against the spread in their last 43 opportunities as home favorites of 6.5-to-nine points, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Wednesday as they prepare to face the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Breslin Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spartans are laying nine points in the NCAA basketball odds, with no betting total established in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.


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North Carolina Tar Heels

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    The North Carolina Tar Heels are 11-3 against the Michigan State Spartans, including a perfect 6-0 mark under current head coach Roy Williams.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Tar Heels have compiled a 2-9 straight-up and 4-7 against-the-spread record as underdogs, with the UNDER going 6-5 in that situation.

Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have four players averaging double figures, with sophomore guard Gary Harris leading the way in scoring 17.7 points a contest.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Spartans are 2-4 straight up and 3-3 against the spread in their last six games against ACC opponents.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Michigan State Spartans, as the favorite is 7-0 against the spread in the last seven meetings in this series.

    College Basketball Pick: Michigan State Spartans -9


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