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Pittsburgh Panthers visit North Carolina Tar Heels in college basketball clash

Pittsburgh PanthersNorth Carolina Tar Heels
20-5February 15, 2014, 01:00 | Dean Smith Center16-7

The North Carolina Tar Heels will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Pittsburgh Panthers at Dean Smith Center in NCAA basketball action.

North Carolina will face the 20-5 Panthers, who own a 8-12-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Tar Heels are 12-11 on the OU so far this season while the Panthers are 13-8-1.

View Pittsburgh Panthers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

The Tar Heels were listed as -3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 50-ranked Tar Heels and the No. 49-rated Panthers in this matchup.

Pittsburgh was a 58-56 loser in its last match at home against Syracuse. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Panthers endured a 58-56 loss at the hands of the Orange on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Talib Zanna at Petersen Events Center.

North Carolina won its last outing, a 73-62 result against Notre Dame on February 8. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. The Tar Heels grabbed a 73-62 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from James Michael McAdoo at Joyce Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Panthers is ranked No. 90 in NCAA hoops at 36.48 per game. Contrast that with North Carolina’s No. 7 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Carolina is the No. 253-ranked team in the country at 3.83 per game, while Pittsburgh rates No. 224 at 4.84 per game.

A few Panthers at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Pittsburgh is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
North Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Florida State, Sunday, February 23rd
North Carolina at Florida State, Monday, February 17th