March Madness - College Basketball Matchup - North Carolina Tar Heels Providence Friars Odds Preview
|Providence Friars||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|23-11||March 21, 2014, 07:20 | AT&T Center||23-9|
No. 11 Providence has paid out in nine of their last dozen games as an underdog on the betting lines as they take on No. 6 North Carolina in East Region odds action on Friday.
North Carolina was favored by just a few points at BetDSI against a Friars team that has struggled in the tournament, but has been hot lately (7-2 ATS).
Some trends of note include North Carolina ended year on 0-5 ATS run; UNC 4-1 ATS past five first-round games; Providence 7-2 ATS final nine games of season; OVER is 9-1 past 10 Providence games; Providence 9-3 ATS past 12 games as underdogs; Providence 0-4 ATS past four tournament games since 1997.
Odds Shark computer pick - 77.3-73.0 Tar Heels
The Tar Heels bring a 23-9 record (16-16 ATS) to this tilt against the 23-11 Friars, who are 18-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed North Carolina go 16-16 so far and the Friars go 20-13.
This game matches up the No. 63 (Tar Heels) and the No. 102 (Friars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.
Providence was a 65-58 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Creighton. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Providence got 23 points from Bryce Cotton en route to a 65-58 victory over Creighton on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Last time out for North Carolina, they were an 80-75 loser as they battled Pittsburgh at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. North Carolina got 27 points from Marcus Paige on the way to an 80-75 loss against Pittsburgh on Friday at Greensboro Coliseum.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features North Carolina's No. 37-ranked scoring average of 76.31 PPG, against a Friars defense rated No. 127 and allowing 69.53 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 46.29% to date this season, more than the Friars shooters have managed so far (42.52% per game).
A few Friars at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Providence is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Providence is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Providence's last 10 games
North Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of North Carolina's last 16 games