North Carolina Tar Heels vs Stanford Cardinal – NCAAM December 1

North Carolina (2-0) vs. Stanford (1-0)

Series

The Tar Heels hold a 12-0 lead over the Cardinal in the all-time series as North Carolina won the last meeting in Chapel Hill, 90-72, in 2018. The matchup also features Cardinal head coach Jerod Haase who is a former player and assistant coach for Carolina Hall of Famer Roy Williams. This is a semifinals matchup in Maui Jim Maui Invitational which was moved from Maui to Asheville, North Carolina due to COVID-19 protocols.

Vs. The Spread

Carolina is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games while Stanford is 2-5 SU in their last seven when playing as an underdog. The Tar Heels are also 5-0-1 ATS in their last six vs. the Cardinal. Stanford is 0-7-1 ATS in their last eight games vs. the ACC.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
North Carolina -4 (-115) -170 O 143 (-105)
Stanford +4 (-105) +150 U 143 (-115)

Last Time Out

R.J. Davis led four Tar Heels in double figures as they dismantled UNLV, 78-51, in the quarterfinals round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Runnin’ Rebels jumped on Carolina out of the shoot as they led 13-0 only three and a half minutes into the game. The Tar Heels’ lead topped at 72-39 with 5:03 to play. Carolina senior Garrison Brooks went over 1,000 points in the win as he had 14 on the evening.

The Cardinal was impressive in it’s opening night win as heralded freshman Ziaire Williams score 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Stanford’s 82-64 win over Alabama. Bryce Willis had 15 and Oscar de Silvia and Daejon Davis had 13 each. The Cardinal outrebounded Alabama 47-31 and held the Tide to 36 percent from the floor.

Tar Heel Talk

North Carolina Tar Heels LogoWhen North Carolina turns up it’s running game, Williams’ young Tar Heels have already shown the penchant to convert consistently. In addition, the first two wins have allowed Williams to start to develop his bench and define roles of players as they come off the bench. Carolina would love for Leaky Black to step up beside of Brooks on offense as Black has the length and versatility to garner even more minutes with that type of production.

Rule of Tree

Stanford Cardinal LogoThe Cardinal showed lots of different weapons in the win over Alabama as Williams, who is the highest rated recruit in Cardinal history as well as a consensus 5-star recruit coming out of high school. Davis and de Silva give solid senior leadership to Haase’s rotation as de Silva’s matchup with either Day’Ron Sharpe or Armando Bacot will he a key inside. The Cardinal cannot afford turnovers as they committed 22 in defeating Alabama. The 6-8 Williams on the point against Caleb Love is another intriguing matchup between two of the top 15 freshmen in this class.

Winner: North Carolina (-4) 81, Stanford 76
Over-Under: Take OVER 143

The Bets
North Carolina -4
-115
Over 143
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.