North Carolina Tar Heels vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Prediction

Daniel GimenezBasketball, College Basketball

The seventh-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1) challenge the 17th-ranked UCLA Bruins (4-1) in the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, November 23, 2018.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last matchup. The Bruins got blown out by the 11th-ranked Michigan State Spartans, 87-67, while the Tar Heels lost a close one to the Texas Longhorns, 92-89.

North Carolina held Texas to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.7 (below their season average of 32.5) while UCLA did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (20-28; 71.4 percent). UCLA’s Jaylen Hands had a solid performance, putting up 11 points. Meanwhile, North Carolina was led by Coby White, who had 33 points.

It might turn into a high-scoring affair as a pair of the NCAA’s best offenses clash. UCLA ranks 51st with 111.8 points per 100 possessions and North Carolina is 18th (115.2) since last season. ,

North Carolina vs. UCLA Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – UCLA, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • UCLA ranks 23rd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while North Carolina ranks 265th (4.6).
  • The Tar Heels average 18.6 assists per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. The Bruins rank 197th in assists allowed per game (13.8).
  • The Bruins average 24.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 80th in the NCAA. The Tar Heels rank 301st in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
  • North Carolina averages 43.1 rebounds per game, which ranks first in the nation. UCLA ranks 222nd in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).