UNC players celebrating a three.

Dec 13, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard R.J. Davis (4) and forward Jalen Washington (13) and forward Armando Bacot (5) and forward Pete Nance (32) react in the second half at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

  • North Carolina is a 4.5-point favorite over Michigan on Wednesday night in a game at Charlotte.
  • UNC is on a three-game winning streak
  • A look at the Michigan vs North Carolina odds and predictions can be found below 

North Carolina will continue to keep trying to right its season when the Tar Heels meet Michigan at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

North Carolina (8-4) is on a three-game winning streak, including beating Ohio State 89-84 on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in New York. The Tar Heels began the season at #1 but fell out of the rankings following a four-game losing streak.

Michigan (7-3) has won back-to-back games, including rallying late to defeat Lipscomb 83-75 on Saturday at home.

The game will be televised by ESPN.

Michigan vs North Carolina Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Michigan +160 +4.5 (-110) Over 153.5 (-110)
North Carolina -190 -4.5 (-110) Under 153.5 (-110)

Odds as of December 20th at DraftKings Sportsbook.

North Carolina is a 4.5-point favorite and a -190 choice on the moneyline in Wednesday’s college basketball odds, giving it a 65.52% implied win probability. The Tar Heels are listed at +2200 in the NCAA Tournament championship odds.

 

 

Michigan Betting Outlook

Junior center Hunter Dickinson is having another big season for Michigan. He is averaging 19.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.0 blocked shots a game.

In the Big Ten, Dickinson is third in scoring and blocked shots and fifth in rebounding and field goal shooting (57.5%). He had 15 points and seven rebounds against Lipscomb while shooting 6 of 9 from the field.

Michigan shot 50% (31 of 62) as a team. The Wolverines were playing for the first time following a nine-day break that came after they traveled 21,000 miles in the first 32 days of the season.

Sophomore guard Kobe Bufkin knocked down 8 of 9 shots to finish with a season-high 22 points. He made 4 of 5 from three-point range.

Bufkin is scoring 11.4 points and dishing 2.8 assists a game.

Freshman guard Jett Howard added 19 points and junior forward Terrance Williams II chipped in with 11 points. Howard is averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 assists.

The foul line has been a problem for Michigan this season. The Wolverines are 302nd in the nation with a 66.3 free throw percentage.

North Carolina Betting Outlook

North Carolina senior forward Armando Bacot going up against Dickinson should be an interesting matchup.

Bacot is averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 11.6 rebounds a game. He leads the ACC and is fourth in the nation in rebounds and fourth in the conference in scoring.

Bacot had a big game on the big stage of Madison Square Garden on Saturday with 28 points and 15 rebounds. It was his fifth consecutive double-double and seventh of the season.

Junior guards Caleb Love and RJ Davis are having fine all-around seasons.

Love leads the ACC in scoring and has averages of 18.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. Davis’ numbers are 15.7, 5.4, and 3.1.

Against Ohio State, Love scored 22 points and had seven assists. Davis finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Senior forward Pete Nance, who is averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds, hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer for North Carolina to force overtime. The Tar Heels then outscored the Buckeyes 10-5 in the extra session.

North Carolina won despite making just 6 of 28 shots from distance for 21.4%.

The Tar Heels are 33rd nationally in scoring offense with 81.6 points but 310th in scoring defense with a 74.4 average.

Michigan vs North Carolina Prediction

North Carolina rolled to a 72-51 victory over Michigan at home behind Love’s 22 points. While this is technically not a home game, it figures to be a pro-Tar Heels crowd. North Carolina also seems to be over its early-season woes.

Lay the points.

Pick: North Carolina -4.5 (-110)

Season Record: 16-9 ATS (+6.1 units), 0-3 MLB (-3.0 units)

 

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