Duke North Carolina Betting Preview
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be on the road on Wednesday night as they take on the rival Duke Blue Devils in marquee college basketball betting action at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Tar Heels are 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS over their past five games against the Blue Devils heading into their first meeting of the season on Wednesday night. Duke is riding a five-game win streak, while North Carolina has four losses in its past 10 outings.
The Blue Devils sit at 21-2 (13-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tar Heels are currently 16-7 (12-9 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Duke is 12-11 OU, and North Carolina is 11-10 OU.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Tar Heels were listed as 10.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blue Devils rated this week at No. 16 and the Tar Heels sitting at No. 44. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 87-81 result in favor of the Blue Devils.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Duke's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 78.2 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 246 at 69.3 PPG. The Blue Devils field goal percentage has averaged 47.3% so far, more than the Tar Heels marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.
Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 302-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.8 points per game. Duke, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina lost its last outing, an 87-61 result against Miami on February 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog. North Carolina was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Miami and falling by an 87-61 score at BankUnited Center.
Duke was a 62-61 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Boston College. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Duke earned a 62-61 victory over Boston College on Sunday, getting 19 points from Mason Plumlee at Conte Forum.
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Virginia are 8-2
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a loss are 9-1
Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 10-0
Before playing Maryland are 6-4
After playing Boston College are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Tar Heels at Blue Devils trends to consider:
North Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Duke
North Carolina is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games on the road
North Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Duke's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke's last 8 games when playing North Carolina
North Carolina home to Virginia, Saturday, February 16
Duke at Maryland, Saturday, February 16