Blue Devils take on the rival Tar Heels
The Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels will hit the hardwood together for the first time this season on Wednesday night as those teams meet in hoops odds action.
* Editor Note: Game postponed due to weather.
Duke holds the edge at 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against North Carolina dating back to 2009, with the UNDER paying out for totals bettors on the college basketball betting lines at the sportsbooks in eight of those games.
This season, the Tar Heels are 16-7 overall and 12-11 ATS, while the Blue Devils are 19-5 and 16-8 ATS. As for the totals, North Carolina boasts a 12-11 on the OU, and Duke is 12-11-1.
The visitors opened as 1.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetDSI. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation).
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tar Heels rated this week at No. 50 and the Blue Devils sitting at No. 1.
Duke was an 89-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Boston College. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. Duke cruised to victory on Saturday, running Boston College out of the gym and running up an 89-68 score at Conte Forum.
North Carolina won its last outing, a 73-62 result against Notre Dame on February 8. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. The Tar Heels grabbed a 73-62 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from James Michael McAdoo at Joyce Center.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blue Devils is ranked No. 152 in NCAA hoops at 35 per game. Contrast that with North Carolina’s No. 8 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Carolina is the No. 253-ranked team in the country at 3.83 per game, while Duke rates No. 4 at 9.67 per game.
A few Blue Devils at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Duke is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games
Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
North Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Duke home to Maryland, Saturday, February 15th
North Carolina at Pittsburgh, Saturday, February 15th