North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Michigan Wolverines, 11/28/19 Prediction & Odds

Tanya Simon
December 1, 2019

The Oregon Ducks will be trying to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis consolation game on Friday afternoon.

UNC: The Tar Heels won their Atlantis opener against Alabama but Williams said after the MI loss that the team's 5-0 start hasn't been a "very good 5-0 compared to the way I think we should play and could play". He finished the game with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks. The Ducks are coming out of a tough overtime loss for Gonzaga, and the Tar Heels got their hit from MI before riding an impressive comeback to reduce the game to nine points to close things.

6 Howell finished with 401 passing yards, his first 400-yard game and sixth with at least 300 yards. Brandon Robinson added 12 points, six rebounds and two dimes.

UNC has usually saved its best for the fourth quarter this season but it got going a little bit earlier on Saturday at a soggy Carter-Finley Stadium.

Pritchard, a 6-2, 190-pound guard, is unquestionably Oregon's best player.

North Carolina is averaging 76.4 points per game, shooting 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. He did not play well against Gonzaga. The senior guard finished 11-for-19 from the field and made 4 of 8 3-pointers to help the sluggish Terrapins (6-0) pull out a victory and set up a semifinal with Harvard on Friday. "It really hurts when you lose a couple games to couple good teams and you really don't do the things that are under your control". When they did score, they couldn't get a stop.

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OR has definitely looked like the better team in this tournament. Expect a hard-fought game, though MI might struggle against their first real defensive test of the season.

Williams caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Howell to make it 20-10. UNC finished with a 47-39 rebounding advantage, though OR had a 22-19 edge on the offensive glass.

In the second half, a Brianna Pinto goal (assisted by Bridgette Andrzejewski and Taylor Otto) that gave UNC a 2-1 lead was quickly answered by a USC goal by Natalie Jacobs (assisted by Woodward). They'll have to do it on the defensive end, though. They are also bowl eligible for the first time since 2016. That's how Gonzaga did it.

And along the way, No. 6 North Carolina offered plenty of the toughness that its Hall of Fame coach wanted to see following the team's first loss.

There's none of that optimism at N.C. State, where the Wolfpack dropped its sixth straight to close out a hard, injury-plagued season at 4-8.

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