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UNC big favorites vs Maryland: ACC

The top-rated Tar Heels get down to business in the ACC tournament Friday, battling the Maryland Terrapins at Philips Arena in college basketball betting action.

While Maryland crushed Wake Forest yesterday, oddsmakers made them 15-point underdogs against UNC here. But beware the Terps - they are 6-2 ATS in the past 8 games vs the Tar Heels.

Of note for total bettors, the past 8 meetings have all played OVER the total. Watch the opening total this morning.

The Tar Heels currently sports a 27-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-13 ATS. The Terrapins are 17-14 and 13-13-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Tar Heels produce a 15-14-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Terrapins have gone 14-12-1 against the number.

View Maryland vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Tar Heels installed as 15.5-point favorites in this particular matchup over at TopBet this morning.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tar Heels, most recently No. 4 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Terrapins, who rate No. 174 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 88-70 victory for the Tar Heels.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Carolina has the nation's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 82.3 PPG. The visiting Terrapins defense ranks No. 260 allowing on average 70.3 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 46.2% so far, more than the Terrapins marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Maryland owns the country's No. 277-rated mark, allowing 74.2 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Maryland, they were an 82-60 winner as they battled Wake Forest at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. Maryland cruised to victory on Thursday, running Wake Forest out of the gym and running up an 82-60 score at Philips Arena.

North Carolina was an 88-70 winner in its last match on the road against Duke. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. North Carolina got 20 points and 10 assists from Kendall Marshall en route to an 88-70 victory over Duke on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Maryland Terrapins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Wake Forest are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Duke are 9-1
After a win are 9-1


A few Terrapins at Tar Heels trends to consider:
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing Maryland
North Carolina is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Maryland
North Carolina is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Maryland