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North Carolina Tar HeelsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
15-7February 08, 2014, 12:00 | Joyce Center12-11



A key college battle sees the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels travelling to Notre Dame Saturday to take on the Fighting Irish.

The Tar Heels will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 11-11 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Fighting Irish are 7-13-1 ATS. North Carolina is 11-11 against the total, while Notre Dame is 12-9 versus the number.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Tar Heels were listed as 0-point earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Fighting Irish, most recently No. 180 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tar Heels, who rate No. 52 in the latest survey.

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Last time out for North Carolina, they were a 75-63 winner as they battled Maryland at home. They covered in the match as an 8-point favorite. Marcus Paige went off for 25 points and added 3 rebounds, leading North Carolina over Maryland, 75-63, on Tuesday at Dean Smith Center.

Notre Dame lost its last outing, a 61-55 result against Syracuse on February 3. They covered in that game as a 11.5-point underdog. The Fighting Irish got 16 points from Garrick Sherman, but it was Syracuse that prevailed in a 61-55 final on Monday at Carrier Dome.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Notre Dame's No. 83-ranked scoring average of 74.39 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense rated No. 84 and allowing 67.73 PPG. The Fighting Irish FG% has averaged 45.92% to date this season, more than the Tar Heels shooters have managed so far (45.63% per game).

A few Tar Heels at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina's last 6 games
North Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Notre Dame is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Notre Dame is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Notre Dame is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home


Next up:
North Carolina home to Duke, Wednesday, February 12th
Notre Dame at Clemson, Tuesday, February 11th

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