Even if Patriots fans are still in hiding and Eagles fans are still drinking, most of us have already shifted our full attention to college basketball. And if you haven’t yet, what better way to get in the swing of things pre-March than with the best rivalry in college basketball (and arguably all of sports). It’s the first matchup of the season between the two Tobacco Road rivals, and UNC opened as a 1-point home underdog, but the line quickly moved.

Ideally, we will see this matchup for a third time if they meet again in the ACC Tournament, and maybe even a fourth time in the NCAA Tournament, where the two have never played. In this preview, we will set the stage and then cover the following sections:

  • What’s at stake
  • What the sharps are betting
  • Trends
  • Situational angle
  • Scheme analysis
  • Key matchup
  • NBA Draft outlook
  • Who we like

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