Remember me Reset Password


Michigan State vs North Carolina Betting Odds - Revenge, defense powers Spartans to win at North Carolina

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/4/2014 4:45:14 AM

Michigan State couldn’t overcome the online betting odds to upset North Carolina in last year’s title game, but to be fair, the Tar Heels had four players in their lineup that went on to be NBA picks. The rematch comes Tuesday night at Chapel Hill to kick off a competitive December, and the Spartans, fueled by a typically tough defense, will spark them to a revenge win.

WHAT: NCAA basketball betting
WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 9:00 PM ET
WHERE: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
KEY STAT: UNC is 2-6 in their last eight against Michigan State
PICK: Michigan State

Michigan State vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown: THE STORYLINE
The No.9 Spartans (5-1) lost to Florida in the Legends Classic, although they did rebound to spank UMass in the consolation game, giving Tom Izzo the new record for wins by a Michigan State coach with 341. The No.11 Tar Heels (6-1) are far from the juggernaut that won last year’s national title, but they managed to give coach Roy Williams his 600th win in a victory over Nevada on Sunday. The Spartans are still smarting from their 89-72 loss to the Tar Heels in the title game, and they’ve now lost four in a row to North Carolina.

Betting Edge: Michigan State

Michigan State vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown: OFFENSE
The Spartans aren’t generally known as being an offensive team, but four players are averaging double figures in the early part of the season, and guard Kalin Lucas is out to prove that last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year award was no fluke. Durrell Summers and Chris Allen completes this trio of junior guards. Just wait until senior forward Raymar Morgan gets going for the Spartans.

The Tar Heels are also a balanced team with four players in double figures, led by senior forward Deon Thompson. Sophomore Ed Davis has all the tools to be a beast in the post, and he’s shooting 68% from the field so far. The key will be Larry Drew II, who has the unenviable task of replacing Ty Lawson at the point. Drew II, a sophomore, is averaging 6.7 assists in the first seven games of the year, and he needs to only keep his turnovers down to be effective.

Betting Edge: Draw

Michigan State vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown: DEFENSE
The Michigan State defense has gotten off to a shaky start, allowing 66.0 points per game. With Goran Suton graduated, the Spartans don’t really have a big man in the middle to alter shots anymore. Lucas is a heady perimeter defender, but he gambles sometimes. Morgan, Draymond Green and Delvon Roe will be their main guys on the glass.

North Carolina has allowed 70.9 points per game, and they have a very good anchor of Davis in the post, and Marcus Ginyard on the perimeter. Davis is averaging 2.6 blocks, while Ginyard has 2.3 steals, but outside of those two, the Tar Heels have been a bit sloppy. They had the same problem last year, but they could outscore anyone in the nation. North Carolina will need to tighten up here to improve their sportsbook odds.

Betting Edge: Michigan State

Michigan State vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown: COACHING
Between these two great coaches, there are 941 wins and three national championships in the mix. Their teams personify their coaches: Michigan State is a tough-as-nails team that will bang with you until you give up, while North Carolina likes to get out and run. You’ll find Izzo and Williams in the top-ten lists of anyone who knows anything about coaching college basketball, and there’s not a lot between them. However, Izzo has the added motivation of last year’s loss, as well as a 2005 Final Four loss to Williams’ Tar Heels.

Betting Edge: Michigan State

Michigan State vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown: BETTING PREDICTION
The Tar Heels have won four straight against the Spartans and six of eight overall, but I’m not sold on Carolina’s defense yet. Izzo is smart enough to find a way to neutralize Davis, but someone else may have to step up on offense as Lucas should be shadowed by Ginyard. The Spartans’ inside players will have their hands full with Davis and Thompson, but they’re physical enough to bang with them.


Washington Tucker previews the biggest college basketball betting games of the week, so check him out in the Betting Edge at BetOnline. For more sports betting information on the Michigan State vs North Carolina matchup, visit our stats section.



↑ Back to page content
Media Logos

At BetOnline, our company’s guiding principle is to establish long-lasting, positive relationships with our customers. BetOnline is perfect for those who like to stay on top of all the latest sports & horse racing odds or play a few games in the online casino. We have built our reputation on giving our clients nothing but high-quality service and once you have worked with us, you will realize why we are regarded as a leader.

From our customer service to our cutting-edge technology, enticing contests and dedication to putting the best product out on the marketplace, BetOnline is always striving to improve and we take the wants and needs of our customers very seriously. We are always looking for suggestions to make our product better, and client input allows us to build a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Trust is tough to create and it is even tougher to maintain, which is why we always keep the lines of communication open with our clients at BetOnline, and the best part is that it will not cost you a dime.

Head over to our world-famous sportsbook, where you will find live lines for all major sporting events, but that is not all because at BetOnline, you will also find the Betting Edge, which is a constant stream of advice from people that spend countless hours looking over trends and statistics, so you don’t have to. You get an honest and educated opinion for people that truly love sports, and we are always updating the section to keep you up on what’s happening in current in the world of sports.

The racebook is another fantastic section at BetOnline, as you can get a headstart on the Triple Crown season by reading over our articles to give you an idea of the winning horses. We don’t just focus on the Triple Crown at BetOnline; you can find information on races all year around and that will help you out when it comes time to watch the major thoroughbred horse races.

You can also check out our casino, where you can play the latest games powered by the latest technology. From poker to card games, slots and everything in between, we have you covered at BetOnline.

We have contests and promotions galore as BetOnline is all about what our clients want, so check it out and if you have any inquiries, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Betonline because your can!

↑ Back to top