Tar Heels face top-ranked Spartans

The North Carolina Tar Heels will be on the road in East Lansing on Wednesday night as they take on the top-ranked Michigan State Spartans in college hoops betting action.

North Carolina and Michigan State have met five times since 2007, with the Tar Heels going 5-0 both SU and ATS in those contests.

The schools last met in November 2011, when North Carolina won 67-55 as an 8.5-point favorite at the sportsbooks.

The Spartans currently sport a 7-0 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-3-1 ATS. The Tar Heels are 4-2 and 3-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Spartans produce a 5-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Tar Heels have gone 3-3 against the number.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

The Tar Heels were listed as 9-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Spartans at No. 11 and the Tar Heels at No. 111 heading into this contest.

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In their last action, North Carolina was a 63-59 loser on the road against UAB. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. J.P. Tokoto scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Tar Heels to a win (they lost 63-59 to UAB at Bartow Arena on Sunday).

Michigan State won its last outing, a 98-65 result against Mount St. Mary's on November 29. They covered in that game as a 26-point favorite. Michigan State cruised to victory on Friday, running Mount St. Mary's out of the gym and running up a 98-65 score at Breslin Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan State's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 85.86 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 121 at 69.5 PPG. The Spartans field goal percentage has averaged 50.56% so far, more than the Tar Heels marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.28% per game.

A few Tar Heels at Spartans trends to consider:
North Carolina is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina's last 8 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State
Michigan State is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan State's last 6 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
North Carolina home to UNC Greensboro, Saturday, December 7th
Michigan State at Oakland, Saturday, December 14th

 

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