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PK80 Invitational will treat fans and bettors to UNC vs Michigan State

Fans of college basketball will be relishing their Sunday with a heavyweight matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan State Spartans. The championship game of the PK80 Invitational Victory bracket showcases two of the elite programs in NCAA basketball that is sure to replicate the feel of a March Madness game. The Spartans opened as slight favorites over the Tar Heels to get the W.

  • Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina’s 5 games this season.
  • Spartans forward Miles Bridges (ankle) is expected to start tonight.

Spartans head coach Tom Izzo knows the Tar Heels very well. Izzo has played North Carolina with Roy Williams at the helm nine times and has yet to emerge victorious (8-1 ATS). The Spartans dynamic duo of Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. will look to change that trend against the reigning NCAA champions after rolling over DePaul and UCONN in the opening rounds.

Despite losing three starters to graduation, North Carolina looks like they haven’t missed a beat early this season and it’s mainly due to Luke Maye. The junior forward has been arguably the best player at the PK 80 tourney thus far and dropped 28 points against Arkansas in the second round. While UNC may be viewed as the underdog by some sportsbooks, this game has pick-em written all over it.

The total opened at 158 and bettors may want to consider the OVER. Both of these teams average over 85 points per game and the talent on the floor should overcome any defensive scheme Izzo and Williams try to throw at each other. Enjoy the show!

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The North Carolina Tar Heels were listed as 1-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Michigan State Spartans are 4-1 overall and 3-2 ATS, while the North Carolina Tar Heels are 5-0 and 3-1 ATS. As for the betting totals, Michigan State boasts a 3-2 on the OU, and North Carolina is 3-1.

The Spartans - Tar Heels odds would favor the Tar Heels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Michigan State is rated No. 75 in the current Odds Shark poll, while North Carolina is at No. 7.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels rank No. 9 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 44.6 per game. That compares with Michigan State’s No. 61 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Michigan State is college basketball's No. 169-ranked team at 7 per game, while the North Carolina Tar Heels rate No. 104 with 8.2 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Arkansas was victimized for 28 points and 16 rebounds by Luke Maye as the Tar Heels bested the Razorbacks 87-68 in college basketball action on Friday.

The Spartans blew out Connecticut on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 77-57 win at Memorial Coliseum-OR.

Betting Trends
  • North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State
  • North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State
  • Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina
  • Michigan State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina

Next Betting Matchups

North Carolina home to Michigan, Wednesday, November 29th
Michigan State at Notre Dame, Thursday, November 30th