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Tar Heels set to battle Bruins in Bahamas

Ranked teams will meet in a consolation game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas on Thursday night as the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels take on the No. 22 UCLA Bruins in college basketball betting action.

North Carolina lost to Butler and UCLA lost to Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the event on Wednesday, and the Tar Heels and Bruins will now meet for the first time in 14 years - North Carolina topped UCLA 80-70 as a 1.5-point favorite in their most recent matchup in December 2000.

UCLA Bruins vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina Tar Heels sport a record of 3-1 and 2-2 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the UCLA Bruins have 4-1 and 3-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-1 for the North Carolina Tar Heels and 2-2 for the UCLA Bruins.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the North Carolina Tar Heels rated this week at No. 40 and the UCLA Bruins sitting at No. 5.

How UCLA Bruins vs North Carolina Tar Heels Stats Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features North Carolina's No. 15-ranked scoring average of 83.75 PPG, against a UCLA Bruins defense rated No. 223 and allowing 72.2 PPG. The North Carolina Tar Heels FG% has averaged 45.74% to date this season, less than the UCLA Bruins shooters have managed so far (46.99% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins got 24 points from Buddy Hield, but it was Oklahoma that prevailed in a 75-65 final on Wednesday at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort.

 

North Carolina suffered a 74-66 loss against Butler on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Marcus Paige in a losing effort at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort.

Next Betting Matchups

UCLA home to CS Fullerton, Thursday, December 4th
North Carolina at Iowa, Wednesday, December 3rd

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