North Carolina Tar Heels vs Davidson Wildcats NCAA Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions


North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina Tar Heels
(6-1)
8:00 pm ET, Friday, December 1, 2017
Spectrum Center, Charlotte
Davidson Wildcats
Davidson Wildcats
(3-2)
ESPN2
 
North Carolina Tar Heels vs Davidson Wildcats NCAA Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions

North Carolina ended up feeling better after recovering from its first loss of the season.

Now the No. 13 Tar Heels are intent on becoming better in numerous areas as they head into Friday night's game against Davidson at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

"Everybody is getting better, but at the same time it's going to be a learning process," senior guard Theo Pinson said. "We still have to get better."

In drubbing Michigan 86-71, the Tar Heels (6-1) got their offense cranked up again after historical low shooting numbers in a loss to Michigan State.

So with some of the offense solved, that led to quite a bit of talk about defense, in part because of stretches early and late in the game when Michigan was scoring at a healthy clip.

"Still, we're not protecting the rim very well," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "Teams are having their way with us inside."

In the game against Davidson (3-2), which has made a nation-leading 13.8 baskets from 3-point range per game, perimeter defense might be more important.

North Carolina gave up seven first-half 3-point baskets to Michigan.

"We're trying to do a better job of guarding the 3-point shot," Williams said. "We're mediocre right now, but I do think we can get there."

But the main emphasis for the Tar Heels might be the amount of energy that they bring. They could tell the difference between the two most-recent games.

"The biggest thing, just coming out with more energy," senior guard Joel Berry said.

That seemed to work for Davidson, which is coming off Tuesday night's 85-70 victory against regional rival Charlotte. That snapped a two-game skid for the Wildcats.

"I was so pleased with our defensive connectivity. We were a team of defenders out there," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said.

Peyton Aldridge leads Davidson with 22 points per game, while Kellan Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson both check in with 15.8 points per outing. That trio is shooting a combined 50.8 percent from the field.

Grady became only the second Davidson freshman to begin his career with consecutive games of 20 or more points.

McKillop said Grady relied on perimeter shooting for the first couple games but showed a better finishing touch near the basket against Charlotte.

That was needed because Davidson made only 8 of 29 shots from 3-point range.

"For us not to make our 3s and put 85 points on the board, I think that's a very, very telling statistic," McKillop said. "Showed some energy and some inspiration and some life."

Davidson hasn't defeated a ranked opponent since topping Dayton on Jan. 20, 2015.

The Wildcats have played six previous games (all against ACC members) at what's now called the Spectrum Center, which is the NBA arena in Charlotte. The lone Davidson victory in those games came against North Carolina State in 2008.

For North Carolina, this is the middle contest of a three-game stretch in five days.

North Carolina leads the series 65-11, winning the last eight meetings. That includes an 83-74 victory last December in Chapel Hill.

VDB Free Betting Prediction: North Carolina 89, Davidson 68

 


 

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Davidson Wildcats VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Davidson Wildcats VDB Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
North Carolina Tar Heels +11  (-110) +450 160 (-105)o
Davidson Wildcats -11  (-110) -700 160 (-115)u

Team Records

North Carolina Tar Heels

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 6-1 4-0 2-1 4-2 2-1 2-1 85.00 71.71 13.29
Last 10 6-1 4-0 2-1 4-2 2-1 2-1 85.00 71.71 13.29
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Davidson Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 3-2 2-0 1-2 2-2 1-0 1-2 86.60 74.40 12.20
Last 10 3-2 2-0 1-2 2-2 1-0 1-2 86.60 74.40 12.20
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Betting Odds Trends

North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Davidson

Davidson Wildcats

Davidson is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina

Injuries

North Carolina Tar Heels

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Cameron Johnson G Out indefinitely - Knee - 11/15/17 Johnson will miss an extended period of time after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Davidson Wildcats

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Nathan Ekwu F Out indefinitely - Knee - 11/28/17 Ekwu is sidelined with a knee injury and is without a timetable for return.
Cal Freundlich G out for season - Knee - 11/7/17 Freundlich suffered an ACL injury and is likely to be shut down for the entire 2017-18 season.

Recent Meetings

Date Home Away Line ATS
12/7/16 UNC 83 DAV 74 -16/159 DAV/U
12/6/15 UNC 98 DAV 65 -15/172.5 UNC/U
11/22/14 DAV 72 UNC 90 13.5/- UNC/-
12/21/13 UNC 97 (OT) DAV 85 -18/156 DAV/O
11/14/07 DAV 68 UNC 72 11/164.5 DAV/U
1/3/06 UNC 82 DAV 58 -10.5/157 UNC/U
11/24/03 DAV 68 UNC 91 17.5/151 UNC/O
1/8/03 UNC 79 DAV 64 -/- -/-
11/20/01 UNC 54 DAV 58 -16/- DAV/-

North Carolina: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS UNC FG Opp FG Reb
11/29/17 MICH 86-71 (W) -9/145 WO 34/62 28/66 34-27
11/26/17 @MSU (N) 45-63 (L) 2/156.5 LU 15/61 22/55 30-44
11/24/17 @ARK (N) 87-68 (W) -4.5/168.5 WU 31/63 27/72 42-26
11/23/17 PORT (N) 102-78 (W) -26/158 LO 39/78 29/73 49-31
11/20/17 @STAN 96-72 (W) -7/156.5 WO 37/73 24/56 39-29
11/15/17 BUCK 93-81 (W) -/- -- 31/66 29/63 43-26
11/10/17 UNI 86-69 (W) -15/141 WO 31/62 23/55 35-25
4/3/17 GONZ (N) 71-65 (W) -1/155 WU 26/73 20/59 46-44
4/1/17 ORE (N) 77-76 (W) -4/152.5 LO 25/68 22/58 42-42
3/26/17 UK (N) 75-73 (W) -2/160.5 PU 27/58 27/65 38-33

Davidson: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS DAV FG Opp FG Reb
11/28/17 @CHAR 85-70 (W) -8.5/154.5 WO 33/64 23/52 34-30
11/25/17 @APP 62-78 (L) -10/165 LU 26/65 27/55 31-35
11/21/17 @NEV 68-81 (L) 5.5/164.5 LU 23/56 30/54 27-28
11/14/17 UNCW 108-81 (W) -11/158.5 WO 39/69 29/61 33-34
11/10/17 CHSO 110-62 (W) -/- -- 35/70 25/62 39-32
3/11/17 @URI (N) 60-84 (L) 3.5/135.5 LO 19/48 30/61 28-36
3/10/17 @DAY (N) 73-67 (W) 4/142.5 WU 25/55 26/61 35-29
3/9/17 @LAS (N) 82-73 (W) -4.5/148.5 WO 27/52 27/54 28-23
3/4/17 @URI 70-73 (L) (OT) 7/138 WO 27/62 32/65 32-41
2/28/17 SBON 68-63 (W) -3.5/150.5 WU 24/55 23/53 31-35

 

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