North Carolina Tar Heels at Clemson Tigers – NCAAM February 2

7:00 p.m. ET – North Carolina (-2½) at Clemson O/U: 134½

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
North Carolina -2½ (-115) -145 O 134½ (-110)
Clemson +2½ (-105) +125 U 134½ (-110)

North Carolina Tar Heels LogoThe 11-5 Tar Heels head to Littlejohn Coliseum to take on the 10-5 Tigers on Tuesday night. UNC was last in action last Tuesday, when the Heels picked up a 75-65 road win at Pittsburgh. Clemson is coming off its worst performance of the season, losing 79-53 on the road to Duke. These two were set to meet last month in Chapel Hill, but it was postponed because of COVID-19 issues within the Clemson program at the time. So this will be their first matchup of the season. The Tigers haven’t seemed the same since returning from their COVID-induced 11-day break in between games, losing four of their last five games, with all the losses coming by at least 18 points.

Clemson Tigers LogoClemson is led by forward Aamir Simms, who leads the team in points, rebounds and assists. Simms had 19 points on Saturday against the Blue Devils on 7-of-13 shooting from the field when he was the only Clemson player to score double figures. Carolina is led by its frontcourt that features two of the nation’s best big men, Armando Bacot and Garrison Brooks. The two each average over 10 points and seven rebounds per game.

Please Note:
Since Jan. 5, Clemson has not scored over 65 points in a single game. For context, UNC has scored over 65 points in all five games they have played since that same date. Clemson shoots an abysmal 41.3 percent from the field, which ranks last in the ACC in field-goal percentage. Carolina excels at cleaning up missed shots, ranking second in all of Division I basketball with 39.8 rebounds per game.

The Tigers are 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games for a simple reason: they are not playing good basketball. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have won three in a row and finally appear to have caught their stride after a slow start this season. This is the wrong game for Clemson to try and get back on track against a surging Carolina team. Take the Tar Heels to cover the short spread.

The Bets
UNC -2½
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