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Temple Owls Open as College Basketball Underdog vs North Carolina Tar Heels

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Alumni Hall Friday as the North Carolina Tar Heels look to beat the odds vs the Temple Owls in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you were backing the Temple Owls in this one, their betting line was listed as 10-point underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline.

Temple Owls vs North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 26-12 and 20-17-1 ATS North Carolina Tar Heels will face the 26-11 Temple Owls, who own a 17-17-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the North Carolina Tar Heels are 22-14-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Temple Owls are 11-20.

The North Carolina Tar Heels sit at No. 26 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Temple Owls sit at No. 21 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features North Carolina's No. 12-ranked scoring average of 77.71 PPG, against a Temple Owls defense rated No. 38 and allowing 61.16 PPG. The North Carolina Tar Heels FG% has averaged 47.6% to date this season, more than the Temple Owls shooters have managed so far (38.76% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Owls endured a 60-57 loss at the hands of the Hurricanes on Tuesday, despite a 17-point effort from Obi Enechionyia at Madison Square Garden.

North Carolina suffered a 79-72 loss against Wisconsin on Thursday, getting 15 points from Brice Johnson in a losing effort at Staples Center.

Betting Trends
  • Temple is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games
  • North Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Temple at Minnesota, Thursday, November 19th
North Carolina at Fairfield, Sunday, November 15th