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Hoosiers Relishing Their Role As Home Dogs

The Indiana Hoosiers find themselves in the rare position of being home underdogs when they host the UNC Tar Heels on Wednesday. Indiana has enjoyed being overlooked on home court, as the team has gone 6-1 SU and ATS in its past seven games as a home dog.

SHARK BITES
  • UNC is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games against Indiana.
  • Indiana is 10-0 SU in its last 10 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • UNC is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games against teams with winning records.

The key to this game for Indiana will be the health of James Blackmon Jr. Coach Tom Crean has said he expects Blackmon to play, but the Hoosiers’ leading scorer missed their last game with a knee injury and has a history of significant knee injuries. If you remove the game against Fort Wayne, which he left early due to flu symptoms, breakout candidate OG Anunoby has averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds this season. 

UNC has been one of the most dominant teams in the nation so far this season, with an average scoring margin of plus-27.3 points through seven games. Five Tar Heels are averaging double-digit points with Joel Berry II pacing the team with 17.1 ppg. The biggest revelation has been Kennedy Meeks, who has trimmed down and become a double-double machine for UNC.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The North Carolina Tar Heels were listed as -4.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Indiana Hoosiers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina Tar Heels will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Wednesday; they are 5-2 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Indiana Hoosiers are 1-2 ATS. North Carolina Tar Heels are 2-5 on betting the total; Indiana Hoosiers are 2-1.

The Hoosiers - Tar Heels odds would favor the Tar Heels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Indiana is rated No. 8 in the current Odds Shark poll, while North Carolina is at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 12 nationally ranked offense (88.6 points per game) against a North Carolina Tar Heels defense that sits as the No. 68 at 65.57 PPG. The Indiana Hoosiers have been averaging 49.51% from the field, less than the Tar Heels have managed so far this season (51.88% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

North Carolina got 22 points from Joel Berry II en route to a 71-56 victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday at Lahaina Civic Center.

The battle between the Hoosiers and Delta Devils didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Mississippi Valley State was handed a 85-52 defeat on Sunday at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

Betting Trends
  • North Carolina is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 6 games
  • North Carolina is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Indiana is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games at home
  • Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina

Next Betting Matchups

North Carolina home to Radford, Sunday, December 4th
Indiana at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Friday, December 2nd

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