North Carolina (1-0) vs. UNLV (1-0)
The Tar Heels and Runnin’ Rebels square off in the first round of the Maui Classic which has been moved from Maui to Asheville, due to complications with COVID-19. This is the sixth meeting in the series as North Carolina holds a 4-1 lead. The last meeting was on Dec. 29, 2012 when the Tar Heels took a 79-73 win in Chapel Hill.
Vs. The Spread
Carolina is 6-1 SU against it’s last seven Mountain West Conference opponents and the Tar Heels are 4-2 ATS in their last six games played on Monday. The total has found the UNDER in four of UNLV’s last five games vs. the ACC. The Runnin’ Rebels are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games when playing as an underdog.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|North Carolina||-12.5 (-107)||-900||O 153 (-130)|
|UNLV||+12.5 (-113)||+640||U 153 (+110)|
Last Time Out
The Tar Heels went on a 17-0 run in the second half to subdue Charleston, 79-60, in Chapel Hill. The Cougars led 43-42 with 15 minutes to play before the Heels’ Day’Ron Sharpe had four points sandwiched in the run that featured a triple from Caleb Love and a conventional 3-point play from R.J. Davis. Carolina’s freshman class combined for 50 points, led by 17 from love and 13 points and 10 boards from Sharpe.
The Runnin’ Rebels’ slow start was the kicker in their 91-78 loss to Montana State. The Bobcats made eight out of their first 12 threes and took the lead for good at 11-10. Bryce Hamilton had a big scoring night for UNLV as he finished with 27 points. The Runnin’ Rebels accrued 18 turnovers as the Bobcats led by as many as 22 points.
Coach Roy Williams comes off his only losing season at NC as the Tar Heels went 14-19 a year ago. They have a Top 3 recruiting class which figured prominently in their opening win. Senior Garrison Brooks only scored six points in the opener as he was 3-of-10 from the floor. He looks to rebound in a solid way as he is considered a leader and a catalyst for the Tar Heels.
T.J. Otzelberger is in his second year of trying to rebuild the Runnin’ Rebels and bring them back to national prominence. That has been almost impossible as UNLV has never made a huge splash since then except for Lon Kruger’s run in the mid-2Ks. Bryce Hamilton is a big time scorer who could give Carolina’s defense problems as he is paired in backcourt with redshirt junior David Jenkins. Center Diong needs to be efficient inside vs. the Tar Heels’ Armando Bacon and Sharpe.
Winner: North Carolina (-12.5) 80, UNLV 65
Over-Under: Take UNDER 153