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UNC vs. Boston College prediction, odds: 2022 college basketball picks, Jan. 2 best bets from proven model

Teams that have not played in a while due to COVID-19 meet when the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Boston College Eagles in an ACC matchup on Sunday. The Tar Heels (9-3, 1-0) have won six of seven and are coming off a 70-50 win over Appalachian State on Dec. 21. The Eagles (6-5, 1-0) last played on Dec. 13 when they dropped a 61-57 decision to Albany. Boston College had games at Wake Forest and against Florida State postponed.

Tipoff from the Conte Forum is set for 1 p.m. ET. North Carolina leads the all-time series 18-6, including an 8-1 edge in games played at the Conte Forum. The Tar Heels are seven-point favorites in the latest North Carolina vs. Boston College odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 139. Before making any Boston College vs. North Carolina picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on North Carolina vs. Boston College and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Boston College vs. North Carolina:

  • North Carolina vs. Boston College spread: UNC -7
  • North Carolina vs. Boston College over-under: 139 points
  • UNC: The Under is 6-1 in the Tar Heels’ last seven games overall
  • BC: The Under is 5-0 in the Eagles’ last five home games

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Why North Carolina can cover

Junior forward Armando Bacot leads the Tar Heels in scoring (tied at 15.1), field goal percentage (63 percent), rebounds (9.8) and blocks (20). He also leads the ACC in field goal percentage. Bacot has eight double-doubles this year, including 26 for his career, and registered his fifth career game with 14 or more rebounds against Michigan on Dec. 1. He grabbed his 600th career rebound in UNC’s previous game against Appalachian State, and has 846 points and 608 rebounds in three seasons. 

Sophomore guard Caleb Love is tops on the team in scoring (tied at 15.1), 3-pointers (23) and free throws (38-for-46), and has played a team-high 32.4 minutes per game. He needs just 14 points to reach 500 for his career as a Tar Heel and is 17th in North Carolina history in free throw percentage at 81.5 percent. 

Why Boston College can cover

The Eagles, who won the ACC opener 73-57 at home against Notre Dame on Dec. 3, are 6-1 on their home court this season. Sophomore guard DeMarr Langford Jr. leads the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game, and is also averaging 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals, connecting on 47.1 percent of his field goals. He has reached double figures in each of the past six games, and has scored 10 or more points in nine games. 

Also powering the Eagles offense is senior guard Makai Ashton-Langford, who is averaging 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals. Ashton-Langford has reached double-figure scoring in nine games, including a season-high 18 points at Saint Louis in a 79-68 loss on Dec. 11. 

How to make Boston College vs. North Carolina picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 140 points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

So who wins North Carolina vs. Boston College? And which side of the spread hits in 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.

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