NCAAB

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Kentucky Wildcats

North Carolina
Tar Heels
4 - 2
Kentucky
Wildcats
1 - 4
December 19, 2020, 2:00 PM EST
 | Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

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North Carolina
Tar Heels
4 - 2
Kentucky
Wildcats
1 - 4
December 19, 2020, 2:00 PM EST
 | Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
  • Two college basketball powerhouses may be on the outside looking in for consideration of top teams as the Kentucky Wildcats have struggled mightily to start the season at 1-4 SU. Now, they have to face the North Carolina Tar Heels, who are 4-2 SU but only 2-3-1 ATS and sputtered, at times, offensively. 

    North Carolina Tar Heels vs Kentucky Wildcats
    • Date/Time: December 19, 2:00 p.m. ET
    • Arena: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
    • TV Coverage: CBS
    • Sportsbook Odds: UNC -3 | O/U 141 (Line History)
    • North Carolina vs Kentucky Matchup Report

    Sportsbook Odds Analysis

    The 22nd-ranked North Carolina opened as a slight three-point favorite before slightly extending to -3.5.  The total opened at a shockingly low number of 139 due to early-season offensive woes by both teams.  Now at 140 and most likely closing even higher by game time.

    North Carolina Tarheels News & Notes

    Tar Heels have had a rather modest start to the season going 2-3-1 against the spread without any statement wins so far.  After going well before .500 last season (14-19) and losing 15th overall draft pick Cole Anthony, expectations weren’t very high this season.

    Roy Williams will rely heavily on senior Garrison Brooks who scored just shy of 23% of their points the entire 2019 season.  So far this season they haven’t had a very tough strength of schedule losing both their games against ranked opponents.  Out of 6 games they have been a double-digit favorite in half of them scoring an average of 74 points per game.

    Despite ranking outside the top 150 in scoring and field goal percentage, the Tar Heels do rank 5th in the country in offensive rebounds.

    Kentucky Wildcats News & Notes

    Kentucky so far this season has been extremely underwhelming winning just one out of its first five games covering just two contests.  Although not uncommon for Kentucky, 4 out of 5 starters are freshmen and John Calipari is really experiencing the growing pains.

    Other than seven-footer Wake Forest Transfer, Olivier Sarr, not one starter is familiar with Division-One college basketball just yet.  Defensively, Kentucky has ranked outside the top 100 in almost all defensive categories.  Look for Kentucky to push the pace a bit more and switch up its stagnant offensive game plan that hasn’t translated into much success so far this season.  The UNDER has hit in all 5 games this season and the total is severely deflated as a result.

    Betting Pick: Over 140

    This total is extremely deflated due to the fact that combined in their last 15 games the Under has hit in 14 of them.  In the last three times these teams have faced off, the average point total was just shy of 168 points per game.  A 28 point edge that should come into play Saturday afternoon.

    Shark Bites
    • Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games as a dog.
    • The UNDER has hit in all 5 of KEN's games this season.
    • The UNDER has hit in 7 of UNC's last 8 games.

Odds

Saturday, December 19 Sat Dec 19


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
-3
-107
-167
o139
-107
+3
-107
+153
u139
-107
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
-2.5
-115
-150
o140.5
-105
+2.5
-105
+130
u140.5
-115

Edge Finder

81.46
Total Score
78.73
45.94
Field Goal %
46.04
30.74
Three Point %
39.91
73.47
Free Throw %
66.50
40.38
Total Rebounds
41.00
81.46
Total Score
78.73
45.94
Field Goal %
46.04
73.47
Free Throw %
66.50
30.74
Three Point %
39.91
20.77
Three's Attempts
21.18
6.38
Three's Made
8.45
10.85
Offensive
13.91
29.54
Defensive
27.09
40.38
Total Rebounds
41.00
12.85
Assists
18.09
16.69
Fouls
14.91
11.69
Turnovers
12.27
6.00
Steals
8.00

Head To Head

UNC
Stat Type UK
4-6
Record
6-4
5-4-1
ATS
4-5-1
4-6
O/U
4-6
75.80
Score
76.50
36.90
Half Time Score
39.40
44.12%
Field Goal Percentage
45.72%
35.80
Rebounds
36.60
56/150
3 Point Shots
71/178
7.40
Steals
8.00
UNC
Stat Type UK
1-2
Record
2-1
0-2-1
ATS
2-0-1
1-2
O/U
1-2
82.33
Score
85.33
40.00
Half Time Score
43.00
47.34%
Field Goal Percentage
47.03%
37.33
Rebounds
38.67
19/52
3 Point Shots
26/63
6.33
Steals
7.33
Dec 22/18 (1 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
72
Score
80
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
168.5 o
O/U
168.5 u
31
Half Time Score
40
42.20%
Field Goal Percentage
44.40%
33
Rebounds
43
7/20
3 Point Shots
9/26
8
Steals
11
Mar 26/17 (2 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
75
Score
73
-2
ATS
+2
161 o
O/U
161 u
38
Half Time Score
33
46.60%
Field Goal Percentage
41.50%
44
Rebounds
34
3/15
3 Point Shots
7/19
7
Steals
7
Dec 17/16 (3 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
100
Score
103
+1
ATS
-1
171 o
O/U
171 u
51
Half Time Score
56
53.00%
Field Goal Percentage
54.10%
35
Rebounds
39
9/17
3 Point Shots
10/18
4
Steals
4
Dec 13/14 (4 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Away
Home
70
Score
84
+12
ATS
-12
136 o
O/U
136 u
34
Half Time Score
49
45.00%
Field Goal Percentage
56.30%
31
Rebounds
24
6/13
3 Point Shots
7/15
5
Steals
12
Dec 14/13 (5 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
82
Score
77
-3
ATS
+3
146.5 o
O/U
146.5 u
33
Half Time Score
30
48.20%
Field Goal Percentage
40.70%
32
Rebounds
44
2/7
3 Point Shots
4/12
10
Steals
7
Dec 3/11 (6 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Away
Home
72
Score
73
+6.5
ATS
-6.5
156.5 o
O/U
156.5 u
43
Half Time Score
38
41.70%
Field Goal Percentage
44.40%
36
Rebounds
38
11/18
3 Point Shots
4/17
2
Steals
7
Mar 27/11 (7 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
69
Score
76
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
145.5 o
O/U
145.5 u
30
Half Time Score
38
43.50%
Field Goal Percentage
48.20%
36
Rebounds
34
3/16
3 Point Shots
12/22
9
Steals
10
Dec 4/10 (8 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
75
Score
73
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
147.5 o
O/U
147.5 u
40
Half Time Score
42
41.40%
Field Goal Percentage
38.70%
43
Rebounds
37
1/11
3 Point Shots
9/21
4
Steals
8
Dec 5/09 (9 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Away
Home
66
Score
68
+4
ATS
-4
152.5 o
O/U
152.5 u
28
Half Time Score
43
38.80%
Field Goal Percentage
44.40%
37
Rebounds
39
7/20
3 Point Shots
6/16
9
Steals
8
Nov 18/08 (10 of 10)
UNC
Stat Type UK
Home
Away
77
Score
58
-18.5
ATS
+18.5
160.5 o
O/U
160.5 u
41
Half Time Score
25
41.40%
Field Goal Percentage
44.40%
31
Rebounds
34
7/13
3 Point Shots
3/12
16
Steals
6

Team Records

UNC
Record UK
4-2
All
1-4
2-0
Home
1-2
0-1
Away
0-0
2-1
Neutral Site
0-2
4-0
As Fav
1-3
0-2
As Dog
0-1
2-3-1
ATS
2-3
1-1
ATS Home
1-2
0-1
ATS Away
0-0
1-1-1
ATS Neutral
1-1
1-5
O/U
0-5
0-2
O/U Home
0-3
1-0
O/U Away
0-0
0-3
O/U Neutral
0-2
UNC
Record UK
0-0
All
0-0
0-0
Home
0-0
0-0
Away
0-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
0-0
As Fav
0-0
0-0
As Dog
0-0
0-0
ATS
0-0
0-0
ATS Home
0-0
0-0
ATS Away
0-0
0-0
ATS Neutral
0-0
0-0
O/U
0-0
0-0
O/U Home
0-0
0-0
O/U Away
0-0
0-0
O/U Neutral
0-0
UNC
Record UK
4-2
All
1-4
2-0
Home
1-2
0-1
Away
0-0
2-1
Neutral Site
0-2
4-0
As Fav
1-3
0-2
As Dog
0-1
2-3-1
ATS
2-3
1-1
ATS Home
1-2
0-1
ATS Away
0-0
1-1-1
ATS Neutral
1-1
1-5
O/U
0-5
0-2
O/U Home
0-3
1-0
O/U Away
0-0
0-3
O/U Neutral
0-2

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
RJ DavisGIs probable Wednesday vs Pittsburgh, Facial
Puff JohnsonGIs doubtful Wednesday vs Pittsburgh, Knee
Will ShaverFIs out for season, Foot
NamePositionInj Desc
Cason WallaceGIs "?", Leg

Last 10 Games

DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSFG%FT%3PTM
Dec 12, 2020NCCEN73-67W-24.5142L/U46.0080.652
Dec 8, 2020IOWA80-93L+3.5156.50L/O47.6960.006
Dec 2, 2020TEXAS67-69L+1137.50L/U41.3856.251
Dec 1, 2020STAN67-63W-4145P/U46.1562.504
Nov 30, 2020UNLV78-51W-13.5157.50W/U41.6765.627
Nov 25, 2020COFC79-60W-17.5145.50W/U39.4479.174
Mar 11, 2020CUSE53-81L-2.5150L/U33.3384.622
Mar 10, 2020VTECH78-56W-5.5141W/U46.4376.007
Mar 7, 2020DUKE76-89L+10.5155.50L/O40.8570.004
Mar 3, 2020WAKE93-83W-8152W/O50.8275.0010
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DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSFG%FT%3PTM
Dec 12, 2020ND63-64L-7140L/U43.5566.675
Dec 6, 2020GTECH62-79L-6.5142L/U44.9090.918
Dec 1, 2020KU62-65L+4144W/U36.0775.003
Nov 29, 2020RICH64-76L-7142.50L/U36.0760.610
Nov 25, 2020MORE81-45W-25.5136W/U55.9364.296
Mar 7, 2020FLA71-70W+4132W/O47.3781.828
Mar 3, 2020TENN73-81L-8.5132L/O44.6485.006
Feb 29, 2020AUB73-66W-6141W/U42.3181.822
Feb 25, 2020TEXAM69-60W-6128.50W/O52.1790.9111
Feb 22, 2020FLA65-59W-5136.50W/U47.17100.005
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