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Jan 6, 8:00 PM | John Paul Jones Arena

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds

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John Paul Jones Arena will host Virginia Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Cavaliers sit at 10-3 (7-3-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tar Heels are currently 10-3 (7-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Virginia is 3-3 OU, and North Carolina is 6-5 OU.

View North Carolina vs Virginia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Virginia sat as 1-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 174-ranked Cavaliers and the No. 30-rated Tar Heels in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 83-81 win for the Cavaliers on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia's No. 245 nationally ranked offense (64.8 points per game) against a Tar Heels defense that sits as the No. 249 at 69.9 PPG. The Cavaliers have been averaging 46.2% from the field, more than the Tar Heels have managed so far this season (45.8% on average).

Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 268-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.2 points per game. Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 283 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 79-73 winner at home against UNLV. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Dexter Strickland scored 16 points leading the Tar Heels to a 79-73 victory over UNLV at Dean Smith Center on Saturday.

Last time out for Virginia, they were a 74-39 winner as they battled Wofford at home. They covered in the match as a 11-point favorite. Virginia cruised to victory on Sunday, running Wofford out of the gym and running up a 74-39 score at John Paul Jones Arena.

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 8-2
After playing UNLV are 2-0
After a win are 6-4

Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Wake Forest are 4-6
After playing Wofford are 0-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Tar Heels at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing on the road against Virginia
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Virginia
North Carolina is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games on the road
North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Virginia
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 5 games when playing North Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 5 games when playing at home against North Carolina
Virginia is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
North Carolina home to Miami, Thursday, January 10
Virginia at Wake Forest, Wednesday, January 9