North Carolina vs Iowa State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 25 (UNC Challenged by Iowa State's Playmaking)

Devon Platana
North Carolina vs. Iowa State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
North Carolina vs. Iowa State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Chris Seward

North Carolina vs Iowa State Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (4-0)
Date: Friday, Nov. 25, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum — Portland, OR
Coverage: ESPN

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Friday, Nov. 25 with a Phil Knight Invitational matchup between the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels and Iowa State Cyclones.

North Carolina was involved in an unexpected shootout on Thursday, eventually walking away with the 89-81 victory over Portland. Meanwhile, Iowa State needed overtime to get the 81-79 win over Villanova yesterday, leaving time to tell if today's outing will go smoother.

Can North Carolina continue cementing itself as the best team in the country? Or will Iowa State use its momentum to pull off a huge upset?

North Carolina vs Iowa State Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: UNC: (-255) | ISU: (+205)
Spread: UNC: -5.5 (-110) | ISU: +5.5 (-110)
Total: 140.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

North Carolina enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 140.5 points, which is about average compared to Friday's projected totals.

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North Carolina vs Iowa State Prediction & Pick

Even though North Carolina is ranked and its opponent isn't, Iowa State has been fairly solid this season. Not only are the Cyclones great at defending the ball (53.5 PPG, T-No. 8), but they're also great at distributing it, averaging 17.3 assists per game (T-No. 23).

One reason why the Tar Heels struggled with the Pilots at times was because of the latter's ball movement, which produced 22 assists. If Iowa State can recreate that plan of attack, UNC could be in for yet another challenging game.

Still, I believe that the Tar Heels are capable of being better than they looked on Thursday. Iowa State will make it a closer game than some anticipate, but North Carolina will squeak out the victory.

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina: 74 | Iowa State: 72

North Carolina vs Iowa State Betting Trends

- North Carolina is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- Iowa State is 11-0 straight up in its last 11 games played in November.
- The total has hit the over in seven of North Carolina's last nine games against the Big 12.
- The total has hit the under in seven of Iowa State's last eight games.

North Carolina vs Iowa State Best Bet

After North Carolina's last performance, there's a good chance that Iowa State covers the spread this evening. The Tar Heels are a disappointing 1-4 against the spread (ATS) this fall, whereas Iowa State is 5-2 ATS in its last seven outings. Furthermore, the Cyclones have also covered the spread in four of their last six games against ACC opponents.

Bet: Iowa State +5.5 (-110)

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