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North Carolina Tar Heels host UNC Wilmington Seahawks in college basketball action

UNC Wilmington SeahawksNorth Carolina Tar Heels
6-8December 31, 2013, 05:00 | Dean Smith Center9-3

The North Carolina Tar Heels will try to cover the spread at Dean Smith Center on Tuesday when they get a visit from the UNC Wilmington Seahawks in NCAA basketball action.

The Tar Heels are 9-3 so far on the season, and 6-6 ATS vs. the number. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are 6-8 and 1-5-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen North Carolina go 6-6 and the Seahawks go 3-3 on the totals.

View UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 22.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tar Heels at No. 57 and the Seahawks at No. 337 heading into this contest.

UNC Wilmington lost its last outing, a 75-61 result against UNC Asheville on December 28. The Seahawks endured a 75-61 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Saturday, despite a 15-point effort from Freddie Jackson at Kimmel Arena.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 75-60 winner at home against Northern Kentucky. They failed to cover the 27.5-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels got 14 points from James Michael McAdoo as North Carolina ran past Northern Kentucky 75-60 on Friday at Dean Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina's No. 45 nationally ranked offense (79.75 points per game) against a Seahawks defense that sits as the No. 184 at 72.5 PPG. The Tar Heels have been averaging 46.98% from the field, more than the Seahawks have managed so far this season (41.06% on average).

A few Seahawks at Tar Heels trends to consider:
UNC Wilmington is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
UNC Wilmington is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home

Next up:
UNC Wilmington home to James Madison, Saturday, January 4th
North Carolina at Wake Forest, Sunday, January 5th