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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Clemson Tigers in college hoops odds

Clemson TigersNorth Carolina Tar Heels
13-5January 26, 2014, 06:00 | Dean Smith Center11-6

College hoops betting interest focuses on the North Carolina vs Clemson battle Sunday at Dean Smith Center as the Tar Heels look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

North Carolina battles the Tigers, currently sitting with a 13-5 mark (9-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-10 for the Tar Heels and 5-8 for the Tigers.

View Clemson Tigers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 7.5-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 Tar Heels - Tigers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Carolina is rated No. 48 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Clemson is at No. 32.

In their last action, Clemson was a 76-43 loser on the road against Pittsburgh. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. Clemson was crushed on Tuesday, getting blown out by Pittsburgh and falling by a 76-43 score at Petersen Events Center.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 76-61 loser on the road against Virginia. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Kennedy Meeks scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Tar Heels to a win (they lost 76-61 to Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Monday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Carolina has the nation's No. 83-rated offensive output, at 75.17 PPG. The visiting Tigers defense ranks No. 1 allowing on average 54.78 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 45.35% so far, more than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

A few Tigers at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Clemson is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Clemson is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson's last 6 games
Clemson is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
North Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 7 games
North Carolina is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Clemson at Florida State, Saturday, February 1st
North Carolina at Georgia Tech, Wednesday, January 29th