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Mountaineers face North Carolina Tar Heels: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Appalachian State MountaineersNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Dec 17, 6:00 PM | Dean Smith Center

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds

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The North Carolina Tar Heels will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Mountaineers at Dean Smith Center in NCAAB action.

North Carolina battles the Mountaineers, currently sitting with a 4-5 mark (3-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-4-1 for the Tar Heels and 1-4 for the Mountaineers.

View Appalachian State vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with North Carolina in this one will find them as 28.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tar Heels, most recently No. 7 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mountaineers, who rate No. 194 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 87-71 victory for the Tar Heels.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 88 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.9 per game. That compares with North Carolina’s No. 4 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where North Carolina is college basketball's No. 181-ranked team at 6.1 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 77 with 7.3 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Appalachian State owns the country's No. 196-rated mark, allowing 71.8 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Appalachian State was a 65-48 loser at home against East Tennessee State. Appalachian State suffered a 65-48 loss against East Tennessee State on Saturday, getting 12 points from Jamaal Trice in a losing effort at Holmes Convocation Center.

In their last action, North Carolina was an 84-78 winner at home against Long Beach State. They failed to cover the 15.5–point spread as favorites. John Henson scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading North Carolina over Long Beach State, 84-78, on Saturday at Dean Smith Center.

Appalachian State Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Campbell are 1-3
After playing East Tennessee State are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 10-0
Before playing Nicholls State are 1-0
After playing Long Beach State are 0-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Mountaineers at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Appalachian State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
North Carolina is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home
North Carolina is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games

Next up:
Appalachian State home to Campbell, Thursday, December 22
North Carolina home to Nicholls State, Monday, December 19

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