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March Madness - North Carolina Tar Heels vs Cyclones College Hoops Game Preview

North Carolina Tar Heels Iowa State Cyclones
24-9 March 23, 2014, 05:15 | AT&T Center 27-7

After picking up just a slim win over No. 11 Providence in the Round of 64 and dropping to 0-6 ATS in their last six games the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels will return to action on Sunday against No. 3 seed Iowa State.

The Cyclones were short favorites of 1.5 points over at BetOnline earlier Sunday. The total was high at 159 according to BetDSI.

UNC slumped to an 0-6 ATS mark in its past six games, while Iowa State won and covered five straight games. Iowa State is also 11-1 SU in its past 12 games as favorites.

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No. 3 seeds are 8-2 ATS past 10 games vs 6 seeds.

Odds Shark computer pick - 78.6-76.6 Cyclones

The Tar Heels will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 16-17 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cyclones are 17-14-1 ATS. North Carolina is 17-16 against the total, while Iowa State is 19-13 versus the number.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 90-ranked Cyclones and the No. 63-rated Tar Heels in this matchup.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 79-77 winner at home against Providence. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. North Carolina earned a 79-77 victory over Providence on Friday, getting 19 points from Marcus Paige at AT&T Center.

In their last action, Iowa State was a 93-75 winner at home against North Carolina Central. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Iowa State earned a 93-75 victory over North Carolina Central on Friday, getting 24 points from Georges Niang at AT&T Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Iowa State's No. 3 nationally ranked offense (83.18 points per game) against a Tar Heels defense that sits as the No. 118 at 69.3 PPG. The Cyclones have been averaging 47.58% from the field, more than the Tar Heels have managed so far this season (46.3% on average).

A few Tar Heels at Cyclones trends to consider:
North Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina's last 7 games
Iowa State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa State's last 5 games