North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks (15) drives to the basket whiule Duke guard Jordan Goldwire (14) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks (15) drives to the basket whiule Duke guard Jordan Goldwire (14) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)|Associated Press
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Kern looks to the ACC for Wake Forest vs Pitt and UNC vs Virginia Tech and doesn't forget Philly's Joe Mihalich and Hofstra vs Northeastern

Mike Kern

Mike Kern

Again, not a lot out there tonight. But we’ll try to find something.

Let’s try a teaser in the ACC’s opening round. I’ll take Wake Forest +7 against Pitt in Greensboro, and North Carolina to win over Virginia Tech. Still hard to believe the Tar Heels are even playing this early, but it’s been that kind of season. They lost to Tech early in the season, by two. The Hokies are something like 2-9 against the spread lately. I just think the Heels will figure out a way to at least move on once. Wake Forest isn’t much, but neither is Pitt. And the Deacons haven’t lost to Pitt in four years. So we’ll take a chance that they can if nothing else keep this to within a touchdown.

And for what it’s worth, I’m also leaning toward the over of 140 in the UNC game. The first meeting ended 79-77. I don’t see a whole lot of defense getting played in this one.

I would also take a hard look at Hofstra over Northeastern in what’s basically a pick-em in the Colonial championship game in DC. I screwed up yesterday by not taking Hofstra to win and instead teasing Delaware up to a +8 'cause I thought it might be close. It wasn’t. My bad. I should have just trusted my initial instinct. Anyway, this one should be tight. Northeastern beat Hofstra to win the title last year, but Hofstra has taken both meetings this season. And the Pride, coached by Philly’s Joe Mihalich, has been great against the spread. Here’s hoping they can make it to their first NCAA in nearly two decades, or since Jay Wright was their coach.

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