North Carolina vs Alabama Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 27 (Tar Heels Bounce Back on the West Coast)

Larry Rupp
North Carolina vs Alabama prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
North Carolina vs Alabama prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Craig Mitchelldyer

North Carolina vs Alabama Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1) vs. No. 18 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum — Portland, OR
Coverage: ESPN

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels and No. 18 Alabama Crimson Tide. North Carolina fell apart against Iowa State on Friday, losing by a score of 70-65. Junior guard RJ Davis scored a team-high 15 points.

Meanwhile, Alabama fell short against UConn on Friday in what was an 82-67 loss. Two double-digit runs by the Huskies cemented the lead for good in that one. Freshman Brandon Miller served the only highlight for the Crimson Tide, tallying 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

North Carolina vs Alabama Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: UNC: (-108) | BAMA: (-111)
Spread: UNC: +0.5 (-108) | BAMA: -0.5 (-112)
Total: 154.5 —Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)

Alabama enters this contest as slight favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 154.5 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

North Carolina vs Alabama Prediction & Pick

Friday's loss will ultimately cause the Tar Heels to fall from the nation's No. 1 ranking, but they have a great chance to bounce back on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide are averaging a ridiculous 16.5 turnovers per game (T-No. 327 in NCAA), which should lead to a ton of UNC fast break opportunities.

The Tar Heels are also averaging a reliable 79.5 points per game (No. 38 in NCAA) on 47.8% shooting (No. 51 in NCAA). Keep in mind Alabama is fighting to win games with unexperienced players, while North Carolina starts four players that helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament final last year.

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina: 83 | Alabama: 75

North Carolina vs Alabama Betting Trends

- North Carolina is 16-3 straight up in its last 19 games.
- The total has hit the under in five of North Carolina's last seven games.
- Alabama is 4-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Alabama's last five games.

North Carolina vs Alabama Best Bet

North Carolina has an edge in a number of ways in this matchup. As mentioned above, it turns the ball over less, shoots better from the field and has a more experienced core than Alabama. The Tar Heels also make free throws at a higher rate and commit less personal fouls than the Crimson Tide does.

Head coach Hubert Davis has his squad playing clean basketball and that makes a huge impact at the college level. Alabama was killed by UConn's big men on Friday, so look for Armando Bacot to be the difference-maker in this game. The senior is averaging 16.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Bet: North Carolina Tar Heels ML (-108)

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