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No. 1 North Carolina @ Portland

Current Records: North Carolina 4-0; Portland 4-2

What to Know

The #1 North Carolina Tar Heels will square off against the Portland Pilots at 1 p.m. ET Thursday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. UNC will be hoping to build upon the 102-78 win they picked up against Portland when they previously played in November of 2017.

While not quite a landslide, the contest between the Tar Heels and the James Madison Dukes on Sunday was still a pretty decisive one as UNC wrapped it up with an 80-64 win at home. Among those leading the charge for UNC was forward Armando Bacot, who dropped a double-double on 23 rebounds and 19 points.

Meanwhile, Portland entered their game against the Seattle Redhawks on Saturday without any home losses -- but there's a first time for everything. The matchup between them was not particularly close, with the Pilots falling 80-68.

UNC is the favorite in this one, with an expected 15-point margin of victory. But bettors beware: they are only 1-3 against the spread when favored.

North Carolina's victory lifted them to 4-0 while Portland's defeat dropped them down to 4-2. We'll see if the Tar Heels can repeat their recent success or if Portland bounces back and reverse their fortune.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter -- Portland, Oregon
  • TV: ESPN
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $17.60


The Tar Heels are a big 15-point favorite against the Pilots, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Tar Heels as a 14-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

North Carolina won the only game these two teams have played in the last eight years.

  • Nov 23, 2017 - North Carolina 102 vs. Portland 78