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Wildcats open as college hoops underdog vs Tar Heels

Davidson WildcatsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
4-7December 21, 2013, 05:00 | Dean Smith Center7-3

Dean Smith Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host North Carolina Tar Heels and the visiting Davidson Wildcats in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Tar Heels are 7-3 so far on the season, and 6-4 ATS vs. the number. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are 4-7 and 2-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen North Carolina go 5-5 and the Wildcats go 4-4 on the totals.

View Davidson Wildcats vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, North Carolina sat as -19-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 42-ranked Tar Heels and the No. 279-rated Wildcats in this matchup.

Davidson was a 72-58 loser in its last match at home against Drexel. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats endured a 72-58 loss at the hands of the Dragons on Sunday, despite a 14-point effort from Brian Sullivan at Belk Arena.

North Carolina was an 86-83 loser in their most recent outing at home against Texas. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. North Carolina got 23 points from Marcus Paige but lost anyway, 86-83, to Texas on Wednesday at Dean Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature North Carolina's No. 28-rated squad against Davidson's No. 235-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, North Carolina rates No. 254 in the country with 3.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 96 nationally with 6.73 per match.

A few Wildcats at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Davidson is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Davidson is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Davidson is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Davidson is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina
North Carolina is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
North Carolina is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
North Carolina is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games at home
North Carolina is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
Davidson at Wichita State, Sunday, December 29th
North Carolina at Northern Kentucky, Friday, December 27th