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Phoenix open as college hoops underdog vs Tar Heels

Elon PhoenixNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Dec 29, 7:00 PM | Dean Smith Center

Elon Phoenix vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds


The visiting Phoenix hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Dean Smith Center against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Phoenix will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 5-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Tar Heels are 7-5 ATS. Elon is 4-4 against the total, while North Carolina is 5-6-1 versus the number.

View Elon vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Tar Heels as 30-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tar Heels at No. 2 and the Phoenix at No. 99 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 91-75 result in favor of the Tar Heels.

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 86.1 PPG. The visiting Phoenix defense ranks No. 168 allowing on average 66.2 PPG. The Tar Heels FG% has averaged 48.3% so far, more than the Phoenix marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Elon owns the country's No. 205-rated mark, allowing 72.8 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.

Elon was an 81-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against San Diego State. They failed to cover the 16–point spread as underdogs. Elon was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by San Diego State and falling by an 81-55 score at Viejas Arena.

Last time out for North Carolina, they were an 82-63 winner as they battled Texas at home. They covered in the match as a 10-point favorite. Texas was victimized for 26 points and 10 rebounds by Harrison Barnes as the Tar Heels bested the Longhorns 82-63 in college basketball action on Wednesday.

Elon Phoenix Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Georgia Southern are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing Texas are 3-0
After a win are 8-2

A few Phoenix at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Elon is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Elon home to Georgia Southern, Thursday, January 5
North Carolina home to Monmouth, Sunday, January 1