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UNC vs UNLV betting preview

The UNLV Runnin' Rebels and the North Carolina Tar Heels will meet for the second year in a row on Saturday afternoon, with the Rebels paying off against the Tar Heels in their 2011 matchup.

UNLV topped North Carolina 90-80 as an 8-point road underdog when those two schools met last November, producing an OVER result for college basketball bettors at the sportsbooks. The Rebels head into Saturday's contest riding a nine-game winning streak.

The Tar Heels are 9-3 so far on the season, and 6-4 ATS vs. the number. The Rebels, meanwhile, are 11-1 and 6-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen North Carolina go 6-4 and the Rebels go 3-5 on the totals.

View UNLV vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the North Carolina Tar Heels as 4-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 33-ranked Tar Heels and the No. 4-rated Rebels in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 90-88 win for the Rebels on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Carolina has the nation's No. 3-rated offensive output, at 84 PPG. The visiting Rebels defense ranks No. 110 allowing on average 63.1 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 45.5% so far, more than the Rebels marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.3% per game.

Defensively, UNLV features the nation's No. 85-rated defense on the road, allowing 65 points per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for UNLV, they were an 89-74 winner as they battled Canisius at home. They covered in the match as a 14.5-point favorite. UNLV earned an 89-74 victory over Canisius on Saturday, getting 21 points from Anthony Bennett at Thomas & Mack Center.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 97-63 winner at home against McNeese State. They covered the 24.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Tar Heels and Cowboys didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as McNeese State was handed a 97-63 defeat on Saturday at Dean Smith Center.

UNLV Rebels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago State are 1-1
After playing Canisius are 1-0
After a win are 9-1

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Virginia are 8-2
After a win are 6-4


A few Rebels at Tar Heels trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UNLV's last 5 games on the road
UNLV is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
North Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
North Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
UNLV home to Chicago State, Thursday, January 3
North Carolina at Virginia, Sunday, January 6