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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview

Mississippi State BulldogsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Nov 19, 6:00 PM | Lahaina Civic Center

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Lahaina Civic Center Monday as host North Carolina looks to handle the Mississippi State Bulldogs in NCAA hoops action.

The game is being played at Lahaina Civic Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Bulldogs will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 1-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Tar Heels are 2-0 ATS. Mississippi State is 0-1 against the total, while North Carolina is 0-2 versus the number.

View Mississippi State vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Tar Heels in this one found them listed as 15-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bulldogs was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 151-ranked Tar Heels and the No. 285-rated Bulldogs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 84-73 win for the Tar Heels on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina's No. 71 nationally ranked offense (78 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 55 at 57 PPG. The Tar Heels have been averaging 43.3% from the field, less than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Mississippi State owns the country's No. 99-rated mark, allowing 56 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 131 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Mississippi State was a 78-58 winner at home against Florida Atlantic. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Bulldogs and Owls didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Florida Atlantic was handed a 78-58 defeat on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum.

North Carolina was a 78-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Long Beach State. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels grabbed a 78-63 win over the 49ers on Friday, behind an 18 -point effort from James Michael McAdoo at The Walter Pyramid.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
After playing Florida Atlantic are 1-1
After a win are 4-6

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 2-1
After playing Long Beach State are 1-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Bulldogs at Tar Heels trends to consider:
North Carolina is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games

Next up:
Mississippi State home to Alcorn State, Tuesday, November 27
North Carolina at Indiana, Tuesday, November 27