North Carolina Tar Heels take on Wolfpack in NCAA basketball test

North Carolina Tar HeelsNorth Carolina State Wolfpack
Jan 26, 7:00 PM | PNC Arena

North Carolina Tar Heels vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Odds

13-5TEAM RECORD15-4

The North Carolina Tar Heels will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Wolfpack in North Carolina State at PNC Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.

North Carolina State will face the 13-5 Tar Heels, who own a 10-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wolfpack are 10-6-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Tar Heels are 7-9 favoring the OVER.

View North Carolina vs North Carolina State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Wolfpack, most recently No. 35 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tar Heels, who rate No. 26 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 84-83 victory for the Tar Heels.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Carolina State's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 79.2 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 215 at 68.1 PPG. The Wolfpack field goal percentage has averaged 51% so far, more than the Tar Heels marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.

Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 232-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.3 points per game. North Carolina State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 nationally in scoring at home.

North Carolina won its last outing, a 79-63 result against Georgia Tech on January 23. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. North Carolina got 17 points from Reggie Bullock en route to a 79-63 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday at Dean Smith Center.

Last time out for North Carolina State, they were an 86-84 loser as they battled Wake Forest on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. The Wolfpack endured an 86-84 loss at the hands of the Demon Deacons on Tuesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Rodney Purvis at Joel Coliseum.

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Boston College are 8-2
After playing Georgia Tech are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

North Carolina State Wolfpack Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Virginia are 6-4
After playing Wake Forest are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Tar Heels at Wolfpack trends to consider:
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against North Carolina St
North Carolina is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina's last 8 games when playing on the road against North Carolina St
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games on the road
North Carolina State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
North Carolina State is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina State's last 8 games when playing at home against North Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 7 games when playing North Carolina

Next up:
North Carolina at Boston College, Tuesday, January 29
North Carolina State at Virginia, Tuesday, January 29

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