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Offense A Rarity When UNC, ND Clash

Ever since Notre Dame joined the ACC their clashes against UNC have been low-scoring, close affairs. The UNDER is 5-1 in the six meetings between the two squads since the Fighting Irish joined the conference, with both meetings this season failing to top the closing total.

Shark Bites
  • Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their past five games against UNC.
  • Marcus Paige averaged 18.5 points and five assists against Notre Dame this year.
  • Notre Dame has only recorded back-to-back ATS wins once since February 20.

The last time the Irish and the Tar Heels met was in the ACC semifinals and it was a beating. UNC topped Notre Dame 78-47 in that affair with the Irish being held to a season-low in points and shooting percentage.

Notre Dame scored seven points in the final 20 seconds and picked up a key turnover in the closing seconds to beat Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. That game saw Zach Auguste record his third consecutive double-double of the NCAA Tournament, his eighth in the past nine games, as the senior has averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds during March Madness.

UNC steamrolled past Indiana in the Sweet 16 as the Tar Heels scored a ridiculous 101 points while shooting over 50 percent from the field. The starting five for the Tar Heels combined for 84 points and 10 threes in that victory over the Hoosiers. Brice Johnson recorded his second straight double-double against Indy with the senior notching a combined 41 points and 20 rebounds in the past two games.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina Tar Heels bring a 31-6 record (17-18-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 24-11 Fighting Irish, who are 16-16-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed North Carolina go 19-18 so far and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish go 16-17.

The Tar Heels - Fighting Irish odds would favor the Tar Heels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Carolina is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Notre Dame is at No. 213.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Carolina has the nation's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 82.86 PPG. The visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense ranks No. 107 allowing on average 70.09 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 47.92% so far, more than the North Carolina Fighting Irish marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.42% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Fighting Irish got 19 points from V.J. Beachem as Notre Dame ran past Wisconsin 61-56 on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

Indiana was victimized for 20 points and 20 rebounds by Brice Johnson as the Tar Heels bested the Hoosiers 101-86 in college basketball action on Friday.