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NCAA hoops odds preview - North Carolina vs. Clemson

North Carolina Tar HeelsClemson Tigers
Feb 28, 7:00 PM | Littlejohn Coliseum

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Clemson Tigers Odds

19-8TEAM RECORD13-13

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for North Carolina when they take on the Clemson Tigers on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

The Tigers bring a 13-13 record (13-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 19-8 Tar Heels, who are 16-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Clemson go 9-12 so far and the Tar Heels go 12-13.

View North Carolina vs Clemson Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Tigers installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 152 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tar Heels, who rate No. 44 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 76-70 victory for the Tar Heels.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Tar Heels rank No. 7 in NCAA Division 1 with 40.8 per game. That compares with Clemson’s No. 201 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Clemson is college basketball's No. 271-ranked team at 5.2 per game, while the Tar Heels rate No. 67 with 7.3 per game.

Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 272-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.9 points per game. Clemson, meanwhile, comes in at No. 271 nationally in scoring at home.

North Carolina was a 76-65 winner in its last match at home against North Carolina State. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels got a 22-point performance from Reggie Bullock, who added 13 rebounds, as North Carolina ran past North Carolina State 76-65 on Saturday at Dean Smith Center.

In their last action, Clemson was a 72-59 loser on the road against Maryland. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Devin Booker scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Tigers to a win (they lost 72-59 to Maryland at Comcast Center on Saturday).

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
Before playing Florida State are 8-2
After playing North Carolina State are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Virginia Tech are 5-5
After playing Maryland are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Tar Heels at Tigers trends to consider:
North Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Clemson
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing on the road against Clemson
North Carolina is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
North Carolina is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson's last 5 games when playing at home against North Carolina
Clemson is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Clemson's last 9 games when playing North Carolina

Next up:
North Carolina home to Florida State, Sunday, March 3
Clemson at Virginia Tech, Saturday, March 2