North Carolina Tar Heels vs Portland Pilots 11-24-22

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Portland Pilots 11/24/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Portland Pilots 11/24/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The 1st-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and the Portland Pilots will face off in the NCAAB Phil Knight Invitational Tournament at Moda Center in Portland, OR  on Saturday afternoon.


The Tar Heels remained undefeated after winning their first four matches played on the season including their recent 80-64 victory at home over the James Madison Dukes on Sunday.


North Carolina’s defense controlled the scoring of James Madison to just 64 points on 34.8% shooting from the field while pushing the Dukes to commit 9 turnovers.


The offense of the Tar Heels was outstanding after scoring 80 points including 45 in the first half in converting 44.3% of their attempted shots in the victory.   


Forward Armando Bacot powered the offense for North Carolina with an average of 18.2 points and a team-high 11.8 rebounds per match.


Guard Caleb Love chipped a second team-high 17.8 PPG and Guard RJ Davis contributed an average of 15.8 points per game as the third leading scorer for the Tar Heels.


Forward Pete Nance is the fourth North Carolina player with double-figure averaging scoring of 10.5 PPG on 53.8% shooting from the field.   


North Carolina is 11-4 against the spread in its last 15 outings and the totals went UNDER in 4 of the Tar Heels’ last 5 matches played.


North Carolina is 9-1 straight up in its last 10 contests and the totals went OVER in 4 of the Tar Heels’ last 5 games versus a rival from the West Coast Conference. 


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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Portland Pilots Predictions 11/24/2022


The Portland Pilots will try to bounce back in hosting the visiting 1st-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels after losing their recent home contest to the Seattle U Redhawks at 68-80 on November 19.


The Pilots won their first four games played on the season but lost two of their last three outings including their recent duel against the Redhawks.


The Portland defense failed to control the offense of Seattle U allowing them to score 80 points on 53.2% FG shooting and 38.5% from the long range.


The Pilots played a lackluster offense gaining only 68 points including 42 in the first half after shooting just 41.1% form the field with 12 turnovers in the loss. 


Guard Tyler Robertson averages 17.5 PPG on 41.1% overall shooting with a team-leading 4.3 assists in leading the way for Portland.


Forward Moses Wood was the next leading scorer averaging 13.8 points per match while controlling the glass for the Pilots with an average of 7.6 rebounds per outing. Forward Kristian Sjolund averages 12.2 points per contest on the year.


Portland is 2-4 against the spread in their last 6 matches and the totals went UNDER in 4 of the Pilots’ last 6 contests played.


The Portland Pilots are 12-5 straight up in their last 17 outings and 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played on a Thursday when at home.    


No.1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Portland Pilots. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is North Carolina -14.


The Tar Heels are undefeated after four matches played and will dominate this game for their first win on the road on Thursday.


The Pilots posted a 4-2 record on the season and 3-1 at home. Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels will win 84-66. 


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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Portland Pilots 11/24/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 1:00 PM ET


Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR 


Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022                     




NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -14                


NCAAB Totals: 151.5


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