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UAB North Carolina Betting Preview

North Carolina Tar HeelsUAB Blazers
4-1December 01, 2013, 06:00 | Bartow Arena5-2

Bartow Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host UAB Blazers and the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels in college hoops action on Sunday.

UAB will face the 4-1 Tar Heels, who own a 3-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Blazers are 3-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Tar Heels are 3-2 favoring the OVER.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs UAB Blazers Odds and Stats.

The Blazers were listed as 6-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blazers rated this week at No. 203 and the Tar Heels sitting at No. 36.

North Carolina won its last outing, a 93-84 result against Louisville on November 24. They covered in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. Marcus Paige went off for 32 points and added 2 rebounds for good measure, leading North Carolina to a 93-84 win over Louisville on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

In their last action, UAB was an 85-73 winner at home against Florida A&M. C.J. Washington scored 20 points leading the Blazers to an 85-73 victory over Florida A&M at Bartow Arena on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UAB's No. 53-ranked scoring average of 81.14 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense rated No. 129 and allowing 70.8 PPG. The Blazers FG% has averaged 43.85% to date this season, less than the Tar Heels shooters have managed so far (49.47% per game).

Next up:
North Carolina at Michigan State, Wednesday, December 4th
UAB at Northeastern, Saturday, December 7th