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Volunteers Host Tar Heels in Sunday NCAA Hoops

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Tennessee Volunteers Could Make Statement Win

The 20th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers host the 7th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday afternoon. ESPN has the coverage starting at 5 pm EST.

The Volunteers program has been improving quickly since Rick Barnes was hired. They are ranked again this year and a win today over College Basketball Blue-Blood North Carolina would give the team a early statement win.

Oddsmakers have North Carolina as a 1.5-point road favorite. The total is hovering around 156.

A Tennessee win today would increase their national presence for a program that has not been relevant for a long time.

This marks the first time since Feb. 27, 2010, that two nationally ranked men’s teams meet on Tennessee’s home court. The Volunteers hadn’t been ranked since December 2010.

Today is a chance for North Carolina to build on its recent success. Players continue to blend into bigger roles than they have had in the past. The Tar Heels suit up for the first time in 11 days following a break for exams.

The Volunteers often do well in such settings such as these. Since 1999, Tennessee has won five straight home games against teams that are reigning national champions.

The Tar Heels are 4-7 under coach Roy Williams in non-conference road games against top 20 teams.

Barnes’ teams are 6-11 lifetime against North Carolina. This, obviously, counts his time as coach at Clemson and Texas.

Matchups on Both Teams May be the Key

North Carolina has junior forward Luke Maye. He has emerged as one of the top players in the country this season by averaging 19.9 points per game. Tennessee has 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Grant Williams. He is scoring a team-leading 16.1 points per game. This matchup may determine the outcome.

UNC has averaged 93 points per game during its four-game winning streak. North Carolina made a school-record 72.7 percent of its 3-point attempts their a romp past Western Carolina before exam break. They were 16 of 22 from behind the arc.

North Carolina leads the series 9-1. The Tar Heels had to pull out a 73-71 home victory last December by overcoming a 15-point deficit. Joel Berry II didn’t play against Tennessee last year because of an ankle injury.

North Carolina is the third of four Atlantic Coast Conference teams that the Volunteers will face during a 30-day stretch. They have already defeated North Carolina State and Georgia Tech. They visit Wake Forest next weekend.

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
North Carolina 9-1 6-3 85.00 71.71 13.29 4-0 1-0 6-3 4-0 1-0
Tennessee 7-1 4-2 79.50 64.00 15.5 1-1 1-0 4-2 1-1 1-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
UNC 18.29 12.71 1.44
TENN 19.33 13.67 1.41
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
UNC 12.43 29.86 42.29
TENN 13.83 24.00 37.83
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
UNC 46.88 41.36 5.52
TENN 45.90 37.97 7.93
Team Records

North Carolina Tar Heels

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-1 6-0 3-1 6-3 4-1 2-2 88.10 71.10 17.00
Last 10 9-1 6-0 3-1 6-3 4-1 2-2 88.10 71.10 17.00
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Tennessee Volunteers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-1 4-0 3-1 4-2 1-1 3-1 79.38 65.63 13.75
Last 10 7-1 4-0 3-1 4-2 1-1 3-1 79.38 65.63 13.75
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 88.10 17 65.63 60
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 78.25 55 59.25 27
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 44.50 3 31.75 78
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 79.38 77 71.10 142
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 84.25 74 69.50 57
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 37.00 161 34.25 88

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
North Carolina 3-0 2-1 2-1 89.33 47.67 50.81 40.33 16/44 6.33
Tennessee 0-3 1-2 2-1 79.67 36.67 43.92 28.33 29/71 9.33

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Dec 11, 2016 TENN 71 UNC 73 -19 TENN 157.5 U TENN UNC TENN 44 36 51.9 39.7 32 41 3/13 2/17 5 7
Nov 24, 2006 TENN 87 UNC 101 -9 UNC 165.5 O UNC UNC TENN 35 56 38.4 57.4 27 48 15/31 6/11 10 6
Nov 23, 2004 UNC 94 TENN 81 10 UNC 151 O UNC UNC TENN 51 31 58.8 43.5 32 26 8/16 11/27 6 13
Mar 24, 2000 UNC 74 TENN 69 -1.5 UNC 138.5 O Push Push 0 0 0 0 / /

NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

North Carolina Tar Heels

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 6, 2017 W.CAR 104-61 W -32 154.5 W/O 56.92 66.67 16 H
Dec 3, 2017 TULAN 97-73 W -20 159 W/O 65.52 55.17 5 H
Dec 1, 2017 DAVID 85-75 W -11 160.5 L/U 47.06 69.57 5 A
Nov 29, 2017 MICH 86-71 W -9 145.5 W/O 54.84 68.75 7 H
Nov 26, 2017 MICHS 45-63 L 2 156 L/U 24.59 58.33 1 A

Tennessee Volunteers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 9, 2017 LIPSC 81-71 W -17.5 155 L/U 42.37 80.00 7 H
Dec 3, 2017 GATEC 77-70 W -5.5 129.5 W/O 43.40 85.19 8 A
Nov 29, 2017 MERCR 84-60 W -11.5 138 W/O 55.56 78.57 13 H
Nov 24, 2017 NCST 67-58 W -6.5 151 W/U 37.74 67.86 8 A
Nov 23, 2017 VILLA 76-85 L 8 142.5 L/O 45.31 63.16 6 A

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