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Duke vs UNC betting odds preview

The Duke Blue Devils will look to defeat their arch-rivals from North Carolina at Dean Smith Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

And if recent history between these schools repeats itself, this could be an UNDER play despite the high total. Seven of the past nine meetings of these ACC giants have played UNDER.

UNC is 8-2 ATS in its past 10 home games while the Blue Devils are just 2-6 ATS in eight recent games away from Cameron Indoor.

View Duke vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Blue Devils were listed as 1.5-point underdogs earlier in the day but bet up to +2 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tar Heels, most recently No. 38 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Blue Devils, who rate No. 21 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 86-82 victory for the Blue Devils.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature North Carolina's No. 10-rated squad against Duke's No. 201-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, North Carolina rates No. 56 in the country with 7.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 31 nationally with 8 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Duke owns the country's No. 231-rated mark, allowing 72 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Duke, they were an 85-57 winner as they battled Virginia Tech at home. They covered in the match as a 19.5-point favorite. The battle between the Blue Devils and Hokies didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Virginia Tech was handed an 85-57 defeat on Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

North Carolina won its last outing, a 79-68 result against Maryland on March 6. They covered in that game as a 1-point underdog. The Tar Heels got 22 points from P.J. Hairston as North Carolina ran past Maryland 79-68 on Wednesday at Comcast Center.

Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing Virginia Tech are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Maryland are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Blue Devils at Tar Heels trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
Duke is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Duke's last 11 games on the road
Duke is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing at home against Duke