NCAA Men’s Basketball Betting Previews- No.7 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Miami Hurricanes

by Dirty on February 15, 2012

Betting on Tar Heels Basketball

 

Pointspread: North Carolina -5 1/2

Total Line: 145

The North Carolina Tar Heels will go for the season-sweep over the Miami Hurricanes when the two clash this Wednesday night at the BankUnited Center in this ACC matchup. The game is slated to get underway at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

North Carolina quickly bounced-back from last week’s stunning 85-84 loss to Duke as a six-point home favorite with a 70-52 rout of then-No. 20 Virginia as a nine-point home favorite this past Saturday. The Tar Heels are now 21-4 straight-up and 12-12 against the spread. They are 6-3 SU (4-5 ATS) on the road this season with the total going ‘over’ in six of the nine games.

The Tar Heels continue to lead the nation in scoring with an average of 83.5 points a game and rebounds with 46.3 a game. The only cause for concern against the Hurricanes is foot injury to P.J. Hairston that could keep him out of Wednesday night’s game.

Miami’s recent five-game winning streak came to an end this past Saturday with a 64-59 loss to No.21 Florida State as a 6.5-point road underdog. The loss dropped the Hurricanes to 15-8 SU and they are now 10-9-1 ATS. They are 10-2 SU at home this year, but just 4-5-1 ATS. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of the 10 games.

The Hurricanes remain fairly well balanced on offense with four players scoring in double figures. They are averaging 71.5 points a game and shooting 43.8 percent from the floor. The main problem against the Tar Heels could be under the boards given that Miami is ranked 164th in the nation in rebounds with an average of 34.7 a game.

North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against the ACC and 2-5 ATS in its last seven games on the road. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of its last seven road games.

Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last six games in the conference, but 1-4 ATS in its last five games following a SU loss. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of its last seven games at home.

The Tar Heels have won the last nine games in this series SU and are 6-3 ATS. Earlier this season they beat the ‘Canes 73-56 as 16.5-point home favorites. The total has stayed ‘under’ in five of the last six meetings. With road games against NC State, Virginia, and Duke still on the schedule, North Carolina will not screw around on the road against Miami in this one.

The Pick: North Carolina 82      Miami 68

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