North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Indiana Hoosiers: College Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions
No. 18 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers
Tuesday, 11/27/12, 9:30 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: Indiana -9
Current Betting Line: Indiana -9
Opening Total: 155
Current Total: 156
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
North Carolina will try to win for the eighth time in its last 10 ACC/Big Ten Challenge appearances, as it prepares to take on the top-ranked team in the country for an NCAA-record 13th time. The Tar Heels are 7-2 in this particular even under head coach Roy Williams, while these two storied programs have split two previous matchups in this setting. North Carolina is 8-2 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread on Tuesday night.
The Tar Heels have gone 3-1 in the first four games of a five-game stretch of contests away from home, which will conclude at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. North Carolina has a losing record against four opponents it has faced at least 10 times, with Indiana being one of those programs. Williams has won six of seven games against the Hoosiers, including a 5-1 mark during his time at Kansas and a 1-0 record at Carolina.
Indiana has began the 2012-13 college basketball season with a perfect 6-0 record, while posting an impressive 5-1 ATS record, which includes a 101-53 blowout victory over the Ball State Cardinals as 27.5-point home favorites. The Hoosiers returned the same starting lineup they finished their season with least year, with that group finishing with a 27-9 mark and earned their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2002. Indiana is 1-3 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points over the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball predictions in this high-profile affair.
The Hoosiers are 29-20 all-time against ACC opponents, which includes an 86-75 victory over the NC State Wolfpack last year. Indiana leads the nation in free throws attempted per game, while sitting behind only three teams in averaging 88.7 points per game. Sophomore Cody Zeller has made 32-of-50 field goal attempts this year, as he’s averaging a team-best 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tar Heels due to their 8-3 ATS mark versus Big Ten Conference opponents, while the Hoosiers are 1-4 ATS after scoring 100 or more points.
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