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No. 14 Kentucky and No. 9 UNC Square Off in a Marquee Matchup

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet at State Farm Arena.

(Photo by Getty Images) Armando Bacot

North Carolina vs Kentucky

When: 5:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 16, 2023
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Where to watch: CBS

Game Odds, Spread, Moneyline & Total

North Carolina (#9) @ Kentucky (#14)
Moneyline

North Carolina (#9)   -120
Kentucky (#14)   EVEN

North Carolina (#9) @ Kentucky (#14)
Point Spread

North Carolina (#9)   -1.5 (-110)
Kentucky (#14)   1.5 (-110)

North Carolina (#9) @ Kentucky (#14)
Total

Over   164.5 (-110)
Under   164.5 (-110)

Team Record & Betting Stats

Name Record ATS Offense Defense
Kentucky 7-2 5-4 90.56 72.44
North Carolina 7-2 4-5 85.11 73.67
Name ATS Home ATS Away OU Record
Kentucky 3-4 0-0 6-3
North Carolina 2-3 0-0 6-3

Kentucky Wildcats Last 5 Games

Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result
PENN 81-66 W -13.5 150.5 W/U
UNCW 73-80 L -18 151.5 L/O
MIAMI 95-73 W -6 163 W/O
MARCH 118-82 W -19 157.5 W/O
STJOE 96-88 W -15 152.5 L/O

North Carolina Tar Heels Last 5 Games

Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result
UCONN 76-87 L 5.5 151 L/O
FSU 78-70 W -12.5 157.5 L/U
TENN 100-92 W -2.5 144.5 W/O
ARK 87-72 W -3.5 152.5 W/O
NOVA 81-83 L -2.5 144.5 L/O

Game Preview

There has been an evolving aspect of the season for No. 14 Kentucky. That could be happening with No. 9 North Carolina as well.

So new wrinkles could be part of the scene when the teams meet Saturday in Atlanta as part of the CBS Sports Classic.

Kentucky has unveiled some of the recent changes with its make-up. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have had more than a week since their latest game, so expect some tweaks to be on display this weekend.

by FLM

Betting Odds Trends

Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina
Kentucky is 5-10-2 ATS in its last 17 games when playing North Carolina
Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky
North Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky

North Carolina Tar Heels Injuries

Player Status/Updated
No injuries to report.

Kentucky Wildcats Injuries

Player Status/Updated
Ugonna Onyenso Prob Sat – Ankle – 12/14/23
D.J. Wagner Ques Sat – Ankle – 12/10/23
Grant Darbyshire Out indefinitely – Undisclosed – 11/20/23
Zvonimir Ivisic Out indefinitely – Eligibility – 10/18/23

NCAAB Parlay Picks & Free Predictions

Final Score: Kentucky 82-78
Expert Pick: Kentucky (+100) & Under 164½
A $100 Parlay Bet will return $382 in total Payout

NCAAB Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook

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