UNC vs Texas Hoops Preview
North Carolina and Texas will meet in college basketball betting action for the fourth straight year on Wednesday night, with the Tar Heels paying off against the Longhorns in last year's game.
North Carolina topped Texas 82-63 as a 10-point home favorite when the schools met last season, ending a 2-0 run both SU and ATS by the Longhorns in the series. The combined score of last year's matchup was an UNDER result for totals bettors.
The Longhorns sit at 6-4 (3-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tar Heels are currently 8-2 (5-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Texas is 2-6 OU, and North Carolina is 4-4 OU.
The Longhorns were listed as 5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline. The total was sitting at 139.5 earlier at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 89 (Longhorns) and the No. 36 (Tar Heels) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 84-74 result in favor of the Tar Heels has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Tar Heels is ranked No. 6 in NCAA hoops at 44.5 per game. Contrast that with Texas’s No. 33 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Texas is the No. 270-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while North Carolina rates No. 40 at 8 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, North Carolina owns the country's No. 202-rated mark, allowing 72 points per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 274 in scoring at home.
North Carolina was a 93-87 winner in its last match at home against East Carolina. They failed to cover the 16.5-point spread as favorites. James Michael McAdoo scored 19 points leading the Tar Heels to a 93-87 victory over East Carolina at Dean Smith Center on Saturday.
Texas won its last outing, a 75-63 result against Texas State on December 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 15-point favorite. Javan Felix scored 20 points leading the Longhorns to a 75-63 victory over Texas State at Frank Erwin Center on Saturday.
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Michigan State are 7-0
After playing Texas State are 8-1
After a win are 5-5
A few Tar Heels at Longhorns trends to consider:
North Carolina is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina
Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
North Carolina home to McNeese State, Saturday, December 22
Texas at Michigan State, Saturday, December 22