The Highlanders and Tar Heels are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ACCN. The Tar Heels will host the game at Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The over/under for this game is set at 149.5 points, and the Tar Heels are the home favorites against the Highlanders in a non-conference matchup.


The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders +22

This game will be played at Dean E. Smith Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, November 17th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-67 in favor of the Tar Heels.
  • Even though we have North Carolina winning straight-up, we like UC Riverside at +22.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for the Highlanders?

This will be UC Riverside’s fourth game of the season, and they currently have a 1-2 record. In their two road games, the Highlanders have gone 0-2 while they are 1-0 at home. UC Riverside has a current ATS record of 0-3 heading into today’s game. When playing away, UC Riverside is 0-2 vs. the spread this season and 3-7 in their previous ten road games.

Through three games, UC Riverside has an over/under record of 1-2-0 with their games averaging a combined 140.3 points per game so far. The Highlanders’ last five games have culminated with an average of 69 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

The UC Riverside offense is coming off a game where they scored 65 points against Portland. They posted a field goal percentage of 33.3% and connected on 10 threes. On offense, UC Riverside has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today’s game with a field goal percentgage of 33%. So far, they are 277th in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 66%.

The Highlanders’ defense is presently ranked 97th nationally, allowing an average of 75.7 points per contest. The UC Riverside defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 76 points and allowed Portland to connect on 4 threes.

Will the Tar Heels Find a Way to Win at Home?

In today’s game against UC Riverside, the North Carolina Tar Heels come in with a perfect 2-0 record. In their last five home games, including those from last year, the Tar Heels have gone 2-3. As North Carolina enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 0-2. Over their last ten games, including last season, North Carolina has gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

North Carolina’s games have, on average, featured 157 points per game leading to an over/under record of 1-1-0. Their average over/under line is currently 152.5 points so far. The Tar Heels’ last five games have culminated with an average of 77 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

In their recent matchup, the North Carolina offense ended with 90 points against Lehigh. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 46.3% and made 5 threes. For the season, the North Carolina offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 49%. So far, they have hit 56% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 6 made three’s per contest.

Coming into today’s game, the North Carolina defense is giving up an average of 69.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, North Carolina’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.6% this season.