Tar Heels play host to Fighting Irish
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be looking for their second SU and ATS victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this season when the schools hit the hardwood together on Monday.
UNC was an 11-point favorite in early ACC wagering with a total hovering 145 points. The Heels are riding an 8-2 ATS streak when favored while the Irish slumped to a 1-9 SU run in 10 games as underdogs.
The Tar Heels topped the Fighting Irish 73-62 and covered the 1.5-point spread on the road in their first meeting of the season on February 8. That game turned out to be an UNDER result for totals bettors on the college basketball odds.
North Carolina battles the Fighting Irish, currently sitting with a 15-15 mark (9-18-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-15 for the Tar Heels and 16-12 for the Fighting Irish.
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 19-ranked Tar Heels and the No. 249-rated Fighting Irish in this matchup.
Last time out for Notre Dame, they were an 85-81 loser as they battled Pittsburgh at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Notre Dame suffered an 85-81 loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday, getting 19 points from Pat Connaughton in a losing effort at Joyce Center.
North Carolina won its last outing, a 60-56 result against Virginia Tech on March 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite. The Tar Heels grabbed a 60-56 win over the Hokies on Saturday, behind a 15-point effort from James Michael McAdoo at Cassell Coliseum.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Carolina has the nation's No. 39-rated offensive output, at 76.66 PPG. The visiting Fighting Irish defense ranks No. 149 allowing on average 70.47 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 46.08% so far, more than the Fighting Irish marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.66% per game.
North Carolina at Duke, Saturday, March 8th