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Tar Heels tipping off versus the Buckeyes

The North Carolina Tar Heels will be looking to remain perfect both SU and ATS against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday as those top college basketball programs meet on the hardwood at the United Center in Chicago.

The Tar Heels have gone 3-0 both SU and ATS in their last three meetings against the Buckeyes dating back to 2006, with the schools last hitting the hardwood together in November 2009 in a game that North Carolina won 77-73 as a 1.5-point road underdog on the college basketball odds.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Ohio State Buckeyes opened as 1-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total was set to open a bit later (check out [custom:bodog] for the latest situation).

Ohio State Buckeyes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina Tar Heels sit at 7-3 (6-4 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Ohio State Buckeyes are currently 9-1 (3-5-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? North Carolina is 5-4 OU, and Ohio State is 6-3 OU.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the North Carolina Tar Heels rated this week at No. 10 and the Ohio State Buckeyes sitting at No. 6.

How Ohio State Buckeyes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Stats Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features North Carolina's No. 18-ranked scoring average of 80 PPG, against a Ohio State Buckeyes defense rated No. 24 and allowing 56.9 PPG. The North Carolina Tar Heels FG% has averaged 45.31% to date this season, less than the Ohio State Buckeyes shooters have managed so far (53.68% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Buckeyes and Aggies didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as North Carolina A&T was handed a 97-55 defeat on Wednesday at Value City Arena.

North Carolina cruised to victory on Tuesday, running UNC Greensboro out of the gym and running up a 79-56 score at Greensboro Coliseum.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Odds Trends

Ohio State is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Ohio State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
North Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games

Next Betting Matchups

Ohio State home to Miami (Ohio), Monday, December 22nd
North Carolina at UAB, Saturday, December 27th