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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Tar Heels over Hurricanes

Miami HurricanesNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Jan 10, 7:00 PM | Dean Smith Center

Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds

10-3TEAM RECORD10-4

North Carolina will look to improve on its 10-4 record on Thursday when they host Miami in NCAA basketball odds action at Dean Smith Center.

The Tar Heels bring a 10-4 record (7-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-3 Hurricanes, who are 8-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed North Carolina go 6-6 so far and the Hurricanes go 0-7-1.

View Miami vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Tar Heels installed as 6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tar Heels at No. 28 and the Hurricanes at No. 8 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-79 result in favor of the Tar Heels.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hurricanes is ranked No. 155 in NCAA hoops at 35.9 per game. Contrast that with North Carolina’s No. 2 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Carolina is the No. 66-ranked team in the country at 7.4 per game, while Miami rates No. 183 at 6.1 per game.

Defensively, Miami features the nation's No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 56.4 points per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 nationally in scoring at home.

Miami was a 62-49 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Georgia Tech. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Miami earned a 62-49 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday, getting 22 points from Rion Brown at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

North Carolina was a 61-52 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Virginia. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. North Carolina suffered a 61-52 loss against Virginia on Sunday, getting 22 points from Reggie Bullock in a losing effort at John Paul Jones Arena.

Miami Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Maryland are 5-5
After playing Georgia Tech are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Florida State are 9-1
After playing Virginia are 7-3
After a loss are 10-0

A few Hurricanes at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
Miami is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina's last 7 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami home to Maryland, Sunday, January 13
North Carolina at Florida State, Saturday, January 12