Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 | 1:57 p.m.
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While North Carolina (9-3) is non-ranked and suffered an ugly 18-point loss last week at Texas, the Tar Heels (9-3) haven’t lost at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill since 2005. And, despite UNLV winning all three of its road games this year, the No. 20 ranked Rebels have typically struggled playing away from Las Vegas.
UNLV is a betting underdog for just the second time this season. When the Rebels beat host Cal Dec. 9 at the buzzer, they were a 1.5-point underdog.
The Rebels are 6-5 against the spread — there was no line against Division III La Verne — and have covered their past two games. North Carolina is 6-4 against the spread.
Last year, when UNLV upset then No. 1 ranked North Carolina 90-80 at the Orleans Arena, the Rebels were about an 8-point underdog.