North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1) vs Tennessee Volunteers (4-2)
2023-11-29 19:15:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -3 -- Over/Under: 140.5
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The Tennessee Volunteers and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet in college basketball action from the Dean E. Smith Assembly Center on Wednesday night. It’s one of the best matchups in the ACC/SEC Challenge, who comes out on top? Let’s dive in and find out. You’re welcome to read our Tennessee vs North Carolina Prediction.
Tennessee Drops Back-To-Back Games
The Tennessee Volunteers come into this one looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 69-60 loss to Kansas last time out. Dalton Knecht leads the Volunteers in scoring with 17.5 PPG and 4.7 RPG while Jordan Gainey has 11.7 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Tennessee so far this season. Josiah-Jordan James has 9.3 PPG with 7 RPG while Jonas Aidoo has 8 PPG with 7.5 RPG to lead the Vols on the glass and Zakai Zeigler has a team-high 3 APG as well this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 73.7 PPG on 40.7% shooting from the field, 33.1% from three and 77.7% from the foul line this season.
North Carolina Takes Down Arkansas
The North Carolina Tar Heels come into this one looking to build on an 87-72 win over Arkansas last time out. RJ Davis leads the Tar Heels in scoring with 18.2 PPG along with 3 RPG and 2.7 APG while Armando Bacot has 15.8 PPG and a team-high 11.7 RPG to lead the Tar Heels on the glass, averaging a huge double-double per game. Harrison Ingram has 14.2 PPG with 7 RPG and Cormac Ryan has 10.8 PPG with 3 RPG and 2.4 APG to round out the scoring in double figures for UNC so far this season. Elliot Cadeau also has a team-high 3.2 APG as well on the year. As a team, North Carolina is averaging 85.3 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field, 36.9% from three and 75.2% from the foul line this season.
I’m siding with Tennessee here. These are two solid lineups and the Dean E. Smith Center is a tough place to go on the road and win, but I trust Tennessee defensively as the Vols just keep carrying over the defensive intensity year after year. It’s also going to be an interesting matchup between Knecht and Bacot, but I think that in the end, Tennessee gets the cover here. Give me the Vols.