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#905 North Carolina (UNC) vs.
#906 Iowa State
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Iowa State Cyclones will be trying to knock off the top-ranked team in the country when they face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday night. The Cyclones are coming off an 81-79 win over Villanova as 1.5-point underdogs. The Tar Heels are coming off an 89-81 win over Portland as 15-point favorites.

North Carolina is 3-1 in four games against Iowa State.

Cyclones Going For Fifth Consecutive Win

The Cyclones are off to a good start after winning their first four games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Tar Heels, which will give them their fifth win in a row and first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Iowa State is averaging 78.7 points per game. They scored 81 points in their last game, making 45.5 percent of their field goals and 28.6 percent of their three-pointers.

Gabe Kalscheur led the Cyclones with 23 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Osun Osunniyi finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while Robert Jones added 10 points and five rebounds.

Iowa State has played well defensively, giving up 45 points per game. They gave up 79 points in their last game and will need to play better if they want to win this game.

Tar Heels Going For Sixth Consecutive Win

The Tar Heels needed a second half rally to avoid an upset at the hands of the Pilots in their last game. They will try to avoid putting themselves in the same situation and pick up a win against the Cyclones, which will give them their sixth win in a row.

North Carolina is averaging 80.8 points per game. They scored 89 points in their last game, making 53.4 percent of their field goals and 50 percent of their three-pointers.

Pete Nance led the Tar Heels with 28 points and seven rebounds. Caleb Love finished with 23 points, three rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while R.J. Davis added 13 points, three rebounds, and five assists.

North Carolina has also played well defensively, giving up 68 points per game. They gave up 81 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to get the win.

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The Tar Heels have won five straight games. They are playing well offensively, scoring at least 80 points in three of their last four games. They have shot the ball well from the field and taken advantage of their opportunities at the free-throw line. They are aggressive on the offensive glass, which will lead to more scoring opportunities and they don’t turn the ball over a lot, so don’t expect the Cyclones to get a lot of easy scoring opportunities. The Cyclones played well defensively in their first three games, but they struggled against an offensively challenged Villanova team in their last game, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Tar Heels. The Cyclones have won four straight games and they’re also playing offensively, scoring 80 or more points in three of their four games. They haven’t shot the ball well from long distance and aren’t as good as the Tar Heels at the free-throw line. They rebound the ball well, which will keep them in the game, but they are facing a defense that kept four of their five opponents under 70 points and will have a hard time keeping up, so go with North Carolina to cover the spread.

Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels to cover

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The Cyclones are averaging 78.7 points per game. They averaged 67 points per game in their last three games against the Tar Heels. They play at a slow pace, averaging 71.4 possessions per game. With the Tar Heels giving up 68 points per game, the Cyclones will be held under their average in this game. The Tar Heels are averaging 80.8 points per game. They averaged 82.6 points per game in their last three games against the Cyclones. With Iowa State giving up 45 points per game, the Tar Heels won’t score enough points to push the score over the total.

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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

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