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Demon Deacons open as college hoops underdog vs Tar Heels

Wake Forest Demon DeaconsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
14-12February 22, 2014, 12:00 | Dean Smith Center19-7

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Wake Forest when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

North Carolina will face the 14-12 Demon Deacons, who own a 8-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Tar Heels are 12-14 on the OU so far this season while the Demon Deacons are 8-13.

View Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the North Carolina Tar Heels as -15.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tar Heels at No. 52 and the Demon Deacons at No. 308 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Wake Forest was a 71-60 loser on the road against Maryland. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Travis McKie scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Demon Deacons to a win (they lost 71-60 to Maryland at Comcast Center on Tuesday).

North Carolina won its last outing, a 74-66 result against Duke on February 20. They covered in that game as a 2-point underdog. North Carolina got 21 points from Leslie McDonald en route to a 74-66 victory over Duke on Thursday at Dean Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Demon Deacons is ranked No. 72 in NCAA hoops at 36.77 per game. Contrast that with North Carolina’s No. 7 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Carolina is the No. 253-ranked team in the country at 3.81 per game, while Wake Forest rates No. 219 at 4.88 per game.

A few Demon Deacons at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Wake Forest is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Wake Forest is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Wake Forest is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Wake Forest is 1-18 SU in its last 19 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Wake Forest home to Clemson, Tuesday, February 25th
North Carolina at North Carolina State, Wednesday, February 26th