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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Tar Heels underdogs vs Cavaliers at Virginia

North Carolina Tar HeelsVirginia Cavaliers
10-6January 20, 2014, 07:00 | John Paul Jones Arena13-5

The Virginia Cavaliers will hit the floor running against the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels Monday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season, the Cavaliers are 13-5 overall and 8-6 ATS, while the Tar Heels are 11-6 and 7-10 ATS. As for the totals, Virginia boasts a 6-7-1 on the OU, and North Carolina is 7-10.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Virginia in this one found them as -5.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 38-rated Cavaliers and the No. 48-ranked Tar Heels, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

North Carolina won its last outing, an 82-71 result against Boston College on January 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. The Tar Heels grabbed an 82-71 win over the Eagles on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Marcus Paige at Dean Smith Center.

Virginia was a 78-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Florida State. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Virginia got 18 points from Joe Harris en route to a 78-66 victory over Florida State on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Virginia's No. 225-ranked offense, averaging 66.5 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 92 at 67.94 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 44.23% so far, less than the Tar Heels marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.61% per game.

Next up:
North Carolina home to Clemson, Sunday, January 26th
Virginia at Virginia Tech, Saturday, January 25th