Volunteers Host Tar Heels in Sunday NCAA Hoops

Tennessee Volunteers

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.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
North Carolina9-16-385.0071.7113.294-01-06-34-01-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

North Carolina Tar Heels

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 109-16-03-16-34-12-288.1071.1017.00
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-

Tennessee Volunteers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 107-14-03-14-21-13-179.3865.6313.75
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense88.101765.6360
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense78.255559.2527
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed44.50331.7578
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense79.387771.10142
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense84.257469.5057
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed37.0016134.2588

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
North Carolina3-02-12-189.3347.6750.8140.3316/446.33

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Dec 11, 2016TENN71UNC73-19TENN157.5UTENNUNCTENN443651.939.732413/132/1757
Nov 24, 2006TENN87UNC101-9UNC165.5OUNCUNCTENN355638.457.4274815/316/11106
Nov 23, 2004UNC94TENN8110UNC151OUNCUNCTENN513158.843.532268/1611/27613
Mar 24, 2000UNC74TENN69-1.5UNC138.5OPushPush0000//

NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

North Carolina Tar Heels

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Dec 6, 2017W.CAR104-61W-32154.5W/O56.9266.6716H
Dec 3, 2017TULAN97-73W-20159W/O65.5255.175H
Dec 1, 2017DAVID85-75W-11160.5L/U47.0669.575A
Nov 29, 2017MICH86-71W-9145.5W/O54.8468.757H
Nov 26, 2017MICHS45-63L2156L/U24.5958.331A

Tennessee Volunteers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Dec 9, 2017LIPSC81-71W-17.5155L/U42.3780.007H
Dec 3, 2017GATEC77-70W-5.5129.5W/O43.4085.198A
Nov 29, 2017MERCR84-60W-11.5138W/O55.5678.5713H
Nov 24, 2017NCST67-58W-6.5151W/U37.7467.868A
Nov 23, 2017VILLA76-85L8142.5L/O45.3163.166A

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