McNeese State Cowboys take on Tar Heels in NCAA basketball test
McNeese State Cowboys vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels host McNeese State on Saturday, looking to build on their 8-3 mark against the 6-3 Cowboys in college hoops action at Dean Smith Center.
North Carolina battles the Cowboys, currently sitting with a 6-3 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Tar Heels and 0-0 for the Cowboys.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Cowboys were listed as 22-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tar Heels at No. 36 and the Cowboys at No. 74 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 85-76 result in favor of the Tar Heels.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Carolina has the nation's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 82.8 PPG. The visiting Cowboys defense ranks No. 175 allowing on average 66.1 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 45.3% so far, less than the Cowboys marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.5% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, McNeese State owns the country's No. 202-rated mark, allowing 72 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 19 in scoring at home.
McNeese State was an 80-75 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Texas Tech. McNeese State got 18 points from Craig McFerrin en route to an 80-75 victory over Texas Tech on Sunday at United Spirit Arena.
In their last action, North Carolina was an 85-67 loser on the road against Texas. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels got 18 points from Reggie Bullock, but it was Texas that prevailed in an 85-67 final on Wednesday at Frank Erwin Center.
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing UNLV are 2-0
After playing Texas are 4-0
After a loss are 10-0
A few Cowboys at Tar Heels trends to consider:
North Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
North Carolina is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
McNeese State at Northwestern State, Thursday, January 3
North Carolina home to UNLV, Saturday, December 29