Florida International at North Carolina College Basketball Betting

College basketball betting heavily favors North Carolina on Monday as they host Florida International in a game that can be seen on ESPN U.

The Tar Heels are the defending national champions and shouldn’t be tested too much in this NCAA basketball betting contest but it should be interesting since Florida International is coached by Isiah Thomas.

College basketball betting should be popular again on North Carolina this season.  The Tar Heels are one of the top teams in the country according to the preseason polls although they are not considered as strong as they were a year ago. Florida International is led by Isiah Thomas who last coached in the NBA with the New York Knicks. He has his work cut out for him at FIU this college basketball betting season.

This college basketball betting matchup is part of the 2K Sports Classic but it is a home game for North Carolina.  FIU comes into this NCAA basketball betting game with just one of its top four scorers from last season. Forward Nikola Gacesa returns for Florida International this season.  The Golden Panthers were 13-20 a year ago and non-competitive in their two college basketball betting games against ranked teams as they lost by 35 at UCLA and by 38 at Georgetown. "If we can stay within our game, and if we can do the things we want defensively and offensively, I think we'll be able to play with any team in the country this year, not just North Carolina." Thomas said.

North Carolina has some question marks heading into this college basketball betting season.  Gone are Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington. Senior forward Deon Thompson is the one starter that returns but the Tar Heels are still highly respected in college basketball betting and in the national polls. Helping North Carolina in college basketball betting will be fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard who returns after missing most of last year with a foot injury. Sophomore Larry Drew II looks to be the point guard while Ed Davis will be inside force. College basketball betting indicates that the frontcourt features John Henson and twins David and Travis Wear.

College basketball betting stats show that the Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Golden Panthers are 3-8 in NCAA basketball betting in their last 11 non-conference games. The Golden Panthers are 1-4 in NCAA basketball betting in their last 5 vs. the ACC.

The Tar Heels are 6-0 in NCAA basketball betting in their last 6 home games. The Tar Heels are 38-13 in college basketball betting in their last 51 non-conference games.