ACC Title Game - Miami vs. UNC Betting
The Miami Hurricanes will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the ACC Tournament to highlight college basketball betting action for the day.
The Hurricanes opened as 3.5-point favorites over North Carolina for the contest, with the total set at 140.5 points. These two met twice this season with Miami coming out on top both straight up and against the spread in each game by a combined 35 points. The total in this series was split 1-1 this season.
Supporters of the Tar Heels have watched them go 24-9 and 20-11 ATS on the year, while the Hurricanes are at 26-6 and 18-9-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Hurricanes are 10-16-1, while the Tar Heels have a 14-17 mark.
The Tar Heels were listed as 1.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 9-ranked Hurricanes and the No. 34-rated Tar Heels in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 78-77 win for the Hurricanes on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Miami's No. 119-ranked scoring average of 69.4 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense rated No. 227 and allowing 68.6 PPG. The Hurricanes FG% has averaged 45.8% to date this season, more than the Tar Heels shooters have managed so far (44.4% per game).
Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 245-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.3 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 158 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina was a 79-76 winner in their most recent outing at home against Maryland. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels grabbed a 79-76 win over the Terrapins on Saturday, behind a 15-point effort from Dexter Strickland at Greensboro Coliseum.
Last time out for Miami, they were an 81-71 winner as they battled North Carolina State at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point favorite. North Carolina State was victimized by Durand Scott for 32 points as the Hurricanes defeated the Wolfpack 81-71 in college hoops action on Saturday.
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 10-0
After playing Maryland are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
Miami Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing North Carolina State are 3-7
After a win are 8-2
A few Tar Heels at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Miami is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing North Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games
Miami is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing North Carolina