NCAA College Basketball Betting Preview: #3 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. #16 North Carolina Tar Heels – Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

Two teams ranked in the top 25 will clash in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday when the 16th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Tar Heels are coming off a loss to Texas, while the Hawkeyes defeated Western Illinois in their last game. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Iowa -160, while North Carolina checks in at +135.

North Carolina Betting Preview: Prove You Belong

The North Carolina Tar Heels come into play with a record of 3-1. They are currently ranked 16th in the country. UNC is coming off a tough loss to a good Texas team, 69-67 at the buzzer.

The teams were battling in the championship of the Maui Invitational when Matt Coleman III hit a jumper with 0.1 seconds left to rip the Heels’ hearts out.

North Carolina can look back at the game and point a finger at the lack of guard production. Guards R.J. Davis and freshman Caleb Love combined to go 5-of-24 from the field for just 16 points.

The pair are two of the leading scorers on the team, and Texas did a nice job of slowing them down. Forward Garrison Brooks led the Heels with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Armando Bacot had a double-double in the game, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 boards.

On the season, North Carolina is led by Brooks, who is averaging 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He is shooting 44.2% from the floor.

Davis is also averaging 12.3 points on 40.5% shooting, and Love is averaging 11 points per game on just 27.5% shooting. The freshman is scoring but is adjusting to life in Division I college basketball.

Iowa Betting Preview: Stay Among the Elite

The Iowa Hawkeyes come into play with a record of 3-0 and are currently ranked third in the country behind Gonzaga and Baylor. Iowa may be blessed with the best player in the country in Luka Garza.

The reigning player of the year in the Big Ten is off to a fantastic start and is playing in a dominant fashion. In Iowa’s recent win over Western Illinois, Garza scored 35 points, including 30 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Jack Nunge played in his first game following the death of his father and scored 18 points. This was Nunge’s first game in over a year because he missed all of last season with a knee injury. He was 8-of-11 from the field in the game.

Garza reached at least 30 points by halftime for the second consecutive game. He also recorded his 23rd career double-double. Iowa led by 22 at halftime and cruised after a 22-2 run in the second half.

On the season, Garza is averaging 34 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Junior guard Joe Wieskamp is averaging 12 points and six boards per contest. Junior guard Connor McCaffery leads the Hawkeyes in assists, averaging five per game.

Betting Lines and Predictions

MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Iowa -160, while North Carolina currently sits at +135. Iowa is favored by 3.5 points, and the over/under is 158.5.

The Tar Heels have perhaps their tallest order of the season in trying to contain Garza. He is arguably the best player in the country on one of the best teams in the country.

North Carolina is considerably better than it was a year ago, but it is not at the elite level yet. Take the Hawkeyes in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Iowa -3.5

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