Wildcats vs. Tar Heels in Chapel Hill
The Kentucky Wildcats are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the North Carolina Tar Heels as those college hoops powers meet at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday.
Kentucky topped North Carolina 73-72 when they last met back in December 2011, but the Wildcats failed to cover the 6.5-point spread at home in that contest. The UNDER has paid out in four of the last five games between the two schools.
The Wildcats will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-3-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Tar Heels are 5-3 ATS. Kentucky is 4-4 on the totals; North Carolina is 3-5.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tar Heels at No. 33 and the Wildcats at No. 50 heading into this contest.
Kentucky won its last outing, a 70-55 result against Boise State on December 10. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. The Wildcats got 21 points from James Young as Kentucky ran past Boise State 70-55 on Tuesday at Rupp Arena.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina's No. 78 nationally ranked offense (77.5 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 31 at 63.4 PPG. The Tar Heels have been averaging 47.81% from the field, less than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (48.18% on average).
A few Wildcats at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Kentucky is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Kentucky is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Kentucky is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing North Carolina
North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home
North Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Kentucky home to Belmont, Saturday, December 21st
North Carolina at Texas, Wednesday, December 18th