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