Charleston vs. North Carolina Prediction

The Charleston Cougars take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Check out our college basketball odds series for our prediction and selection for Charleston, North Carolina.

The North Carolina Tar Heels came tantalizingly close to winning the 2022 NCAA tournament. They had a double-digit lead over the Kansas Jayhawks at halftime of last April’s national championship game in New Orleans, but KU played a brilliant second half to take that game away from the Tar Heels. Still, it was a spectacular season for first-year head coach Hubert Davis. He and his team struggled for three and a half months, but then found the spark in late February, ruining Mike Krzyzewski’s last home game as Duke head coach and then putting on a remarkable run to the title game as No. 8 seeded.

North Carolina dethroned defending champion Baylor in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels also defeated another 2021 Final Four team, the UCLA Bruins, in the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels made the Final Four, beating Duke and Coach K again in the national semifinals, ending Krzyzewski’s coaching career. It was a magical run and a huge transformation of a team that looked terrible and acted like a NIT team in early February. Davis stayed the course and was rewarded for maintaining his players’ confidence.

The core of the North Carolina roster — knowing they weren’t performing well for an entire season — opted for another run for the national title. Of course, that’s not the only goal — these players want to significantly improve their NBA draft stock — but it’s certainly a powerful incentive for a group of players who want to play great basketball for four and a half months this season, not just one.

It will be fascinating to see how this team performs under Davis in the 2022-2023 college basketball season. One thing seems clear, though: Hubert Davis, standing on rocky ground as of late January 2022, has earned the full trust of the Carolina community. He was the man his predecessor, UNC legend Roy Williams, wanted to make as the new head coach of the Tar Heels. After the epic run in March of last season, Davis goes into this new campaign on a very solid footing.

Courtesy of FanDuelhere are the Charleston-North Carolina College Basketball Odds.

College Basketball Odds: Charleston-North Carolina Odds

Charleston Cougars: +20.5 (-105)

North Carolina Tar Sales: -20.5 (-115)

Above: 160.5 (-108)

Below: 160.5 (-112)

Why Charleston could cover the spread

This is a preseason game. Squads — even those with experience, like North Carolina’s — will have their fair share of ups and downs as players settle into the rhythms and routines of the season. Preseason games offer the very real possibility of unpredictable basketball, even for good teams. This factor could certainly make this game tighter than many people think.


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Why North Carolina could cover the spread

The fact that UNC has a veteran roster that decided to set them back another year should make the Tar Heels comparatively less prone to mid-season instability. This team has a game under their belt and with each new game the starting XI should be able to regain the continuity they had last March when they produced several surprising results.

Definitive Charleston-North Carolina Prediction & Selection

The North Carolina team should be great over time, but Charleston will treat this game as their Super Bowl. That doesn’t mean the Cougars will win, but it does mean they will be competitive.

Charleston-North Carolina Final Prediction & Selection: Charleston +20.5