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UCLA Bruins vs North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Line and Trends Report

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Barclays Center Saturday as the North Carolina Tar Heels look to beat the odds vs the UCLA Bruins in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The North Carolina Tar Heels were listed as -6.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

UCLA Bruins vs North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina Tar Heels currently sport a 8-2 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-5-2 ATS. The UCLA Bruins are 8-3 and 4-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the North Carolina Tar Heels produce a 6-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the UCLA Bruins have gone 6-5 against the totals betting line.

This game puts the North Carolina Tar Heels, most recently No. 10 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the UCLA Bruins, who rate No. 100 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features North Carolina's No. 22-ranked scoring average of 85.3 PPG, against a UCLA Bruins defense rated No. 203 and allowing 75 PPG. The North Carolina Tar Heels FG% has averaged 49.53% to date this season, more than the UCLA Bruins shooters have managed so far (47.21% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

UCLA earned a 89-80 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday, getting 27 points from Bryce Alford at Pauley Pavilion.

North Carolina cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Tulane out of the gym and running up a 96-72 score at Dean Smith Center.

Betting Trends
  • UCLA is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • North Carolina is 1-5-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

UCLA home to McNeese State, Tuesday, December 22nd
North Carolina at Appalachian State, Monday, December 21st