NIT Tournament Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Rhode Island Rams

by Dirty on March 30, 2010

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Rhode Island Rams will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Madison Square Garden.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rams listed as 1-point favorites versus the Tar Heels, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.

Deon Thompson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, as North Carolina clipped UAB 60-55 in the in the quarterfinals of the NIT last Tuesday.

North Carolina cashed as 4.5-point road underdogs, while the game played UNDER the 136.5-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Delroy James poured in 18 points to help Rhode Island defeat Virginia Tech 79-72 in the quarterfinals of the NIT last Wednesday.

Rhode Island won that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 151 points made it OVER the posted total of 146.

Team records:
North Carolina: 19-16 SU, 11-20-1 ATS
Rhode Island: 26-9 SU, 12-18-2 ATS

North Carolina most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-1
After a win are 5-5

Rhode Island most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
After playing Virginia Tech are 4-4
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of North Carolina’s last 20 games
North Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
North Carolina is 7-15-1 ATS in its last 23 games
Rhode Island is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

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