Offense meets defense when the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (0-2) travel to North Carolina to take on the No. 6 Tar Heels (2-0). Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, 2019, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Preview
The Runnin’ Bulldogs lost to the Western Carolina Catamounts in their last contest, 71-59. Gardner-Webb’s Eric Jamison put together a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting. One of Western Carolina’s biggest strengths was getting to the charity stripe. They had 32 free throw attempts, while Gardner-Webb had just 14.
In the Tar Heels’ last outing, they beat the UNCW Seahawks, 78-62. North Carolina received a boost from Cole Anthony, who was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 7-for-24 shooting. North Carolina played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.222 and a turnover percentage of 8.6. UNCW recorded marks of 0.097 and 12.5, respectively, for those same stats.
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the nation’s top offenses square off. Dating back to last season, North Carolina ranks 24th with 113.2 points per 100 possessions and Gardner-Webb is 50th (110.9). Also, put-back points figure to be rare for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. They rank 285th in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 25.3 percent, while the Tar Heels have been eighth-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 77.2 percent).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs have had a respectable 20-13 straight up (SU) record since last season, but have had difficulty covering the spread (2-6 against the spread (ATS)). Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when Gardner-Webb is involved since last season as 71.4 percent of their games have ended under the O/U total.
The Tar Heels, meanwhile, have records of 27-4 SU and 18-16-4 ATS since last season. Vegas has also been spot on when predicting totals of North Carolina games over that same time frame with an even split between overs and unders.
Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – North Carolina, ATS Winner – North Carolina, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 77th in blocks allowed per game (2.9) while the Tar Heels rank 236th (4.5).
Gardner-Webb ranks 97th in steals per game (6.7) while North Carolina ranks 204th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
North Carolina ranks first in rebounds per game (44.4) while Gardner-Webb ranks 238th (34.2).
The Tar Heels rank 100th in three pointers attempted per game (23.9) while the Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 309th in three pointers allowed per game (27.2).
North Carolina averages 18.6 assists per game, which ranks second in the country. Gardner-Webb ranks 182nd in assists allowed per game (13.4).