While it’s nice to be ranked at this stage of the NCAA Basketball betting season, all of the teams in the top 25 are aware that things can start to change dramatically once conference play get underway. Before that happens, there is still the task of maintaining a high rank, which is what the North Carolina Tar Heels will be trying to do when they host the UNC Greensboro Spartans on Monday, December 28 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Tip-off for this one is set for 6 PM EST on ESPNU.
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Spartans vs Tar Heels Pick and NCAAB Betting Preview
The Tar Heels will undoubtedly be coming into this one as overwhelming favorites, but there is always a little bit of an added edge when it comes to in-state games. The odds for this one are going to be very interesting indeed, so be sure to come back to MyBookie.ag when the odds go live so that you can figure out the best way to win. Click here for TV schedules.
Why bet on North Carolina Tar Heels
The #7 ranked Tar Heels come into this one with a 10-2 record, and have yet to drop a game at home this season. They have recovered nicely from a tough loss in Texas, and have put together a 3-game winning streak that included a victory over a ranked UCLA team. They are 5-6-1 ATS this season, which includes being 3-3-0 ATS at home. The OVER has hit in 8 of their 12 games this season, including the last 4 games that they have played. The OVER has also hit in 4 of the 6 games that the Tar Heels have played on home court. North Carolina is averaging 86.3 PPG, and are giving up 70.7 PPG.
Why bet on UNC Greensboro Spartans
The Spartans are 4-8, have lost 5 of their last 6, and all without yet having faced a ranked opponent. None of that bodes very well for a straight up win here, which means we have to be looking at alternative ways to bet on them. The Spartans are 2-3-0 ATS this season, so there is always the chance that they could cover, especially if the Tar Heels decide to show a little mercy once the score gets out of hand. They have covered twice in their last 3 games, so it may be worth a look. The UNDER has hit in 4 of the 5 games that the Spartans had on the board this season, so there is another possibility. UNC Greensboro is averaging 64.6 PPG, and are giving up 72.6 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is another one of those games where it’s all about trying to figure out how big the margin of victory will be, as I would be totally stunned if UNC Greensboro pulled the upset.
UNC Greensboro 68 North Carolina Tar Heels 81