NCAA hoops odds preview - North Carolina vs. Long Beach State
North Carolina Tar Heels vs Long Beach State 49ers Odds
The Long Beach State 49ers will hit the floor running against the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels Friday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
The 49ers sport records of 1-1 and 0-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Tar Heels have 2-0 and 1-0 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-0 for the 49ers and 0-1 for the Tar Heels.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 15-ranked 49ers and the No. 5-rated Tar Heels in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 85-61 win for the Tar Heels on Friday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Tar Heels rank No. 7 in NCAA Division 1 with 52 per game. That compares with Long Beach State’s No. 104 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Long Beach State is college basketball's No. 143-ranked team at 6.5 per game, while the Tar Heels rate No. 305 with 3.5 per game.
Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Long Beach State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 148 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina was an 80-56 winner in its last match at home against Florida Atlantic. They covered the 20-point spread as favorites. North Carolina cruised to victory on Sunday, running Florida Atlantic out of the gym and running up an 80-56 score at Dean Smith Center.
Long Beach State was a 62-44 loser in its last match on the road against USC. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs. Long Beach State suffered a 62-44 loss against USC on Tuesday, getting 17 points from Mike Caffey in a losing effort at Galen Center.
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Mississippi State are 1-0
After playing Florida Atlantic are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
Long Beach State 49ers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing USC are 4-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Tar Heels at 49ers trends to consider:
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Long Beach State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Long Beach State is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
North Carolina home to Mississippi State, Monday, November 19
Long Beach State at Arizona, Monday, November 19