MSU does 'dirty work' in dumping North Carolina

Tanya Simon
December 7, 2019

Should Jackson choose the Buckeyes, he'd join Ben Christman of Revere (Ohio) High School as offensive linemen and sixth top 100 recruit in the class. Head coach Roy Williams didn't say for sure if both were playing at all on Wednesday but them being in uniform and out of suits is a good sign. And no matter what he tried, including going deep no, really deep into his bench late in the second half, nothing worked. Ohio State's lone victory in the series came all the way back in 1992. That is actually the lowest-ranked North Carolina team in regards to tempo under Williams, but not in terms of actual possessions.

The Ohio State vs North Carolina odds have the Tar Heels -4 over the Buckeyes.

In the Buckeyes win over North Carolina, Ohio State was guided throughout the game by Duane Washington Jr. The Buckeyes have won their games by a nation-leading 25.6 points per game. But it's unlikely his presence would have made much difference in a dominant Ohio State win. Take Ohio State straight up along with the under. The Tar Heels now rank 71st in the nation in tempo at 72.1 possessions per game. Anthony is averaging 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Carolina is a lot better than they played and I think we're a little better offensively than we played. Cole Anthony paced North Carolina with 15 points while Brandon Robinson chipped in with nine.

Freshman big man Armando Bacot broke through against the Ducks, pumping in 23 points to go along with 12 boards, while swatting six shots.

"Against any great player, it can't be easy for him", Holtmann said.

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This will be the third straight big test for the Tar Heels already this season, after losing to upstart MI in the Battle 4 Atlantis tourney in the Bahamas. However, Langford hit a 3-pointer, Lowrawls Nairn Jr. scored on a layup in transition and Langford hit another 3 ahead of another Nairn drive as the Spartans took a 50-31 lead with 12:49 to play, their biggest of the game at that point.

Buckeyes are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games. In the end, you have to like Ohio State's defensive capability against a team that is dinged up and inefficient.

Their strength is their depth: Ohio State has no less than seven players logging better than 20 minutes a game, and 10 players in double-digit minutes.

"We need to be prepared for the moment whenever it comes".

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