Heels have rematch with Blue Devils
The North Carolina Tar Heels will try to get past the rival Duke Blue Devils once again on Saturday as those ACC schools close out their regular-season slate in hoops odds action.
North Carolina knocked off Duke by a score of 74-66 as a 2-point home underdog on the college basketball betting lines when they met on February 20.
The Tar Heels, though, are just 3-7 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 matchups against Duke. They are however riding a 9-1 ATS run against teams with winning records.
This season, the Blue Devils are 23-7 overall and 17-12-1 ATS, while the Tar Heels are 23-7 and 16-14 ATS. As for the totals, Duke boasts a 13-16-1 on the OU, and North Carolina is 14-16.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Devils at No. 5 and the Tar Heels at No. 19 heading into this contest.
Last time out for North Carolina, they were a 63-61 winner as they battled Notre Dame at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. The Tar Heels grabbed a 63-61 win over the Fighting Irish on Monday, behind a 14-point effort from James Michael McAdoo at Dean Smith Center.
In their last action, Duke was an 82-72 loser on the road against Wake Forest. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites. The Blue Devils got 19 points from Jabari Parker, but it was Wake Forest that prevailed in an 82-72 final on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Duke's No. 19-ranked scoring average of 79.33 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense rated No. 94 and allowing 67.9 PPG. The Blue Devils FG% has averaged 46.37% to date this season, more than the Tar Heels shooters have managed so far (46.09% per game).
A few Tar Heels at Blue Devils trends to consider:
North Carolina is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games on the road
Duke is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duke's last 6 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home