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East Tennessee State Buccaneers visit North Carolina Tar Heels in college basketball clash

East Tennessee State BuccaneersNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Dec 8, 7:30 PM | Dean Smith Center

East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds


The North Carolina Tar Heels will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Dean Smith Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

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

View East Tennessee State vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tar Heels, most recently No. 40 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Buccaneers, who rate No. 158 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 84-67 victory for the Tar Heels.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina's No. 6 nationally ranked offense (84.1 points per game) against a Buccaneers defense that sits as the No. 93 at 62 PPG. The Tar Heels have been averaging 46.6% from the field, more than the Buccaneers have managed so far this season (39.3% on average).

Defensively, East Tennessee State features the nation's No. 97-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 nationally in scoring at home.

East Tennessee State lost its last outing, a 70-45 result against James Madison on December 5. East Tennessee State was run off the court by the Dukes on Wednesday as James Madison routed them 70-45 at JMU Center.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 102-84 winner at home against UAB. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels got 24 points from Leslie McDonald as North Carolina ran past UAB 102-84 on Saturday at Dean Smith Center.

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing UAB are 1-0
After a win are 6-4

A few Buccaneers at Tar Heels trends to consider:
North Carolina is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
North Carolina is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games

Next up:
East Tennessee State at Mississippi, Friday, December 14
North Carolina home to East Carolina, Saturday, December 15