UNC and Louisville have two of the biggest home-court advantages in college basketball, as the two squads are a combined 28-1 SU in front of their faithful fans this season. That is no different when the Tar Heels and Cardinals clash against each other, as the home team has won the past five between the two programs. Chapel Hill will play host to a battle for ACC supremacy when UNC and Louisville meet Wednesday.
– Shark BITES
- Louisville is 3-1 ATS in its last 4 games against UNC.
- The total has gone UNDER in the past 3 games between Louisville and UNC.
- UNC is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games as home favorites.
This game pits UNC’s high-powered offense against Louisville’s top-notch defense. The Tar Heels are averaging 86.3 points and 66.4 shots per game, which is the third-most in the country. On the other side, the Cardinals have held the opposition to 64.1 points while forcing adversaries to take 18.3 seconds per possession.
The Tar Heels have proven that they can win no matter the pace of the game, as they took an easy 65-41 victory over Virginia in their last outing. The Heels took nearly 10 fewer shots than their season average in that game but still managed to connect on 46.6 percent from the field. Of course, you can’t talk about UNC without mentioning Justin Jackson. The junior has averaged 20.1 points while shooting 46 percent from the field in the past 12 games.
Though the Cardinals would prefer to play a tight, defensively sound game, they are plenty capable of getting into shootouts. Louisville has scored 85-plus points on 10 occasions this season. Ever since scoring a season-low six points in a loss to FSU, Donovan Mitchell has been on a tear offensively. The sophomore has averaged 21.7 ppg in the seven games since and has scored at least 16 points in each outing.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Louisville Cardinals were listed as 4.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.
Louisville Cardinals vs North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The North Carolina Tar Heels sport a record of 23-5 and 15-13 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Louisville Cardinals have 22-5 and 17-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-16 for the North Carolina Tar Heels and 12-13 for the Louisville Cardinals.
The Odds – Shark Power Rankings have the North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 27 and the Louisville Cardinals at No. 7 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature North Carolina’s No. 1-rated squad against Louisville’s No. 16-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, North Carolina rates No. 137 in the country with 7.39 per game, while their foes tonight, the Louisville Cardinals rank No. 152 nationally with 7.26 per match.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Cardinals got 26 points from Donovan Mitchell as Louisville ran past Virginia Tech 94-90 on Saturday at KFC Yum! Center.
- Louisville is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
- Louisville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisville’s last 5 games
- Louisville is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- North Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- North Carolina is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina’s last 7 games
- North Carolina is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Louisville home to Syracuse, Sunday, February 26th
North Carolina at Pittsburgh, Saturday, February 25th