North Carolina vs Ohio State Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Saturday, December 17, 2022

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) hope to extend a six-game home winning streak when hosting the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-4) on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET.

The Tar Heels take on the Buckeyes in a game that North Carolina is currently a moderate favorite by 2.5 points. The matchup has a point total of 149.5.

North Carolina vs. Ohio State Odds

Point Spread for North Carolina vs. Ohio State

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing North Carolina as the favorite.

North Carolina vs. Ohio State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, North Carolina has -146 odds to pick up the win, while Ohio State is listed at +125 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 149.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Arena: Madison Square Garden

North Carolina vs. Ohio State Betting Trends

North Carolina has three wins against the spread in 11 games this season. The Tar Heels have been victorious in seven of the eight contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. North Carolina has hit the over in 55.6% of its opportunities this year (five times over nine games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Ohio State is 4-5-0 this season. The Buckeyes have won one of the three games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (33.3%). Ohio State’s games this season have hit the over on five of nine set point totals (55.6%).

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North Carolina vs. Ohio State Key Players to Watch

North Carolina

Armando Bacot leads the Tar Heels at 11.3 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 1.1 assists and 16.4 points. He is seventh in the nation in rebounding. RJ Davis is posting 15.2 points, 2.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. Pete Nance averages 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 0.4 steals and 1.1 blocked shots.

Ohio State

Zed Key leads the Buckeyes in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.7), and averages 1.1 assists. He also posts 0.2 steals and 1 block. The Buckeyes get 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2 assists per game from Justice Sueing. Brice Sensabaugh gets the Buckeyes 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. He also delivers 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Bruce Thornton gets the Buckeyes 9.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He also averages 0.9 steals and 0 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels are posting 80.9 points per game (39th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while ceding 73.5 points per contest (282nd-ranked). North Carolina is averaging 36.7 boards per game (31st-ranked in college basketball). It is allowing 32.1 rebounds per contest (236th-ranked).

North Carolina is draining 6.4 three-pointers per game (276th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while sporting a 31.5% three-point percentage (292nd-ranked). With 8.2 threes conceded per game, the Tar Heels are 284th in the country. They are allowing a 34.4% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 244th in college basketball.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes score 79 points per game and give up 63.6, ranking them 68th in college basketball on offense and 67th defensively. In 2022-23, Ohio State is 25th-best in college basketball in rebounds (37.4 per game) and 31st in rebounds conceded (27.6).

In 2022-23, Ohio State is 197th in the country in 3-point makes (7.4 per game) and 68th in 3-point percentage (37%). In 2022-23 the Buckeyes are 22nd-best in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (5.3 per game) and 28th in defensive 3-point percentage (27.9%).

North Carolina vs. Ohio State Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is North Carolina, and we project that Ohio State will cover the spread (North Carolina -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 149.5 points.

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How to bet North Carolina vs. Ohio State

You can bet on North Carolina vs. Ohio State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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