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College Basketball Matchup - North Carolina Tar Heels Monmouth Hawks Odds Preview

Monmouth HawksNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Jan 1, 3:00 PM | Dean Smith Center

Monmouth Hawks vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds

2-11TEAM RECORD12-2

Dean Smith Center will host Tar Heels vs. Hawks action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

The Tar Heels sport records of 12-2 and 8-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hawks have 2-11 and 0-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-6-1 for the Tar Heels and 1-3 for the Hawks.

View Monmouth vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 41.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Tar Heels) and the No. 340 (Hawks) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 93-54 result in favor of the Tar Heels has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Carolina's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 87.1 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 336 at 78.7 PPG. The Tar Heels field goal percentage has averaged 48.2% so far, more than the Hawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.6% per game.

Defensively, Monmouth features the nation's No. 316-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.4 points per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 nationally in scoring at home.

Monmouth was a 69-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Lafayette. Monmouth got 12 points from Will Campbell but lost anyway, 69-54, to Lafayette on Wednesday at Kirby Center.

North Carolina won its last outing, a 100-62 result against Elon on December 29. They covered in that game as a 31-point favorite. The battle between the Tar Heels and Phoenix didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Elon was handed a 100-62 defeat on Thursday at Dean Smith Center.

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Boston College are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

A few Hawks at Tar Heels trends to consider:
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Monmouth home to Mount St. Mary's, Thursday, January 5
North Carolina home to Boston College, Saturday, January 7

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