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Miami HurricanesNorth Carolina Tar Heels
8-6January 08, 2014, 09:00 | Dean Smith Center10-4



North Carolina looks to cover the Tar Heels-Hurricanes pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 10-4 mark when they host Miami in college basketball wagering action.

The Tar Heels sport a record of 10-4 and 7-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hurricanes have 8-6 and 4-6 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-8 for the Tar Heels and 2-8 for the Hurricanes.

View Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Tar Heels installed as -11-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 141-rated Miami taking on the No. 34-rated Tar Heels in this contest.

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Last time out for Miami, they were a 49-44 loser as they battled Syracuse on the road. They covered in the match as a 13-point underdog. Garrius Adams scored 9 points in a futile effort to lead the Hurricanes to a win (they lost 49-44 to Syracuse at Carrier Dome on Saturday).

North Carolina was a 73-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wake Forest. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. James Michael McAdoo scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Tar Heels to a win (they lost 73-67 to Wake Forest at Joel Coliseum on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Carolina's No. 39-ranked offense, averaging 79.14 PPG, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 12 at 59.5 PPG. The Tar Heels field goal percentage has averaged 46.66% so far, more than the Hurricanes marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.43% per game.

A few Hurricanes at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Miami is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
Miami is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina
Miami is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing North Carolina
North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina's last 9 games
North Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home


Next up:
Miami home to Florida State, Wednesday, January 15th
North Carolina at Syracuse, Saturday, January 11th

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