The Tennessee Volunteers are heading to play the North Carolina Tar Heels as an underdog with a better record straight up, and this is a NCAA Basketball bet you want to make based on the class of opponents these teams have played. This home game for the Tar Heels will be played at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and can be watched on ESPN at 5:30 ET this Sunday, December 11th.
Tennessee Volunteers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Spread & ATS Pick
What: Tennessee Volunteers (4-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (9-1)
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm ET
Where: Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Why Bet on Tennessee Volunteers Over The North Carolina Tar Heels
The Volunteers got some solid output where they needed it in their last game when redshirt freshman Lamonte Turner put down his career best 24 points playing in a season he had to wait a year and a half for. He had to go without competitive basketball but is now coming into his own and making it look easy for the Vols.
Tennessee seems to be gelling as a team after recovering from consecutive losses to big schools Wisconsin and Oregon with 3 wins in a row scoring 95, 81 and 90 points before this trip to North Carolina. They opened the season with rough perimeter shooting and low scoring that has them at 80.7 points per game right now. As the last 3 games show, they are on a steep upswing as big underdogs for sports betting lines.
Why Bet on North Carolina Tar Heels Over The Tennessee Volunteers
Roy Williams is the coach is usually enough to warrant enough reason to think that team is going to win and usually is dead on. North Carolina just beat Davidson 83-74 but he said, “It’s been a lot of fun watching this basketball team at certain times this year. It was not fun tonight. It was as frustrating as I can ever remember, to be honest with you, but we won, made some free throws down the stretch.” Now there is a coach that doesn’t take anything lightly or let a team slack off in a game.
North Carolina only scored 83 points in that win, but they are ranked 8th in Division I NCAA Basketball averaging 90.2 points a game this year. It is that kind of attention to perfection and discipline that has earned Roy Williams almost 800 college wins and 2 NCAA Basketball Championships. The Tar Heels only have 1 loss this year, and the game after that they won 95-50 if that shows you how the team bounces back when the coach is angry.
Tennessee Vols Vs UNC Tar Heels ATS Pick
The North Carolina Tar Heels are obviously one of the most reputable NCAA Basketball teams ever, and the NCAA Basketball betting lines reflect this. Against a team like Tennessee, they are going to be a big home favorite where they are 5-0-0 ATS this year.
The problem is that Tennessee also has a perfect record thus far going 3-0-0 on the road against the basketball wagering point spread, and they will be getting many points. I think this is a great spot to take a team that is on a roll building confidence against a legendary rival giving up plenty of points to almost every team. The point spread will be too much here, and the Tennessee Volunteers should keep this within single digits.