UNC Basketball vs. Davidson Wildcats preview, live stream, odds

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UNC Basketball will play a neutral site game in Charlotte in the Hornet’s arena against the Davidson Wildcats on Friday night.

UNC Basketball is fresh off their dominant win over Michigan and is now going on a bit of a one-game barnstorming tour. They will play the Davidson Wildcats in the Spectrum Center on Friday night. While Davidson is the de facto home team as their campus is just north of Charlotte, it will sound and look like a game at the Dean Dome.

Four Tar Heels are averaging double figures. Luke Maye is just missing out on averaging a double-double with 20.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Joel Berry has recovered nicely from his NBA 2K injury to average 15.3 points over the six games he has played. Kenny Williams is shooting 56.7 percent from three-point range while averaging 13.7 points.  Finally, Theo Pinson leads the team in assists with 4.0 per game while scoring 10.7.

UNC will be the fourth team from North Carolina that Davidson has played already this season. They beat UNC-Wilmington handily 108-81. The Wildcats fell at Appalachian State 78-62. In their most recent game on Tuesday, Davidson beat their fellow Mecklenburg County school, UNC-Charlotte, 85-70.

Davidson has three players who average double digits.  Senior forward Peyton Aldridge averages 22 points per game and 7.2 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who (as his name might suggest) is from Iceland, is averaging 15.8 points and 6.0 assists. His partner in the backcourt, Kellan Grady, is also averaging 15.8 points.

Here’s how you can watch Friday’s No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1) vs. Davidson Wildcats (3-2) game:

Date: Friday, Dec. 1
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Charlotte, NC
Venue: Spectrum Center
Live Stream: WatchESPN

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North Carolina is a 10.5-point favorite over Davidson. Bob McKillop is a great coach, but there is only so much he can do to make up for the talent disparity. Ken Pomeroy has UNC as one of the most balanced teams in the country with their 14th-place ranking in both adjusted offense and defense. Davison is a respectable 64th in offense but 123rd in defense. If the Heels stay hot, they could break 100 for the second time this season.

Prediction: North Carolina 90, Davidson 75