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UNC vs. Indiana: How to watch, odds, predictions from ESPN, KenPom

Nikki Chavanelle11/30/22
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Caleb Love (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The 6-0, No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers host the 5-2, No. 18 North Carolina Tar Heels for a Wednesday late-night tilt. Ahead of the game, which will be broadcast live on ESPN, check out predictions, betting odds and KenPom analytics.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge, presented by Continental Tire, began on Monday night with games between Virginia Tech and Minnesota, as well as Pittsburgh and Northwestern. After a 2-0 start, the ACC is now up 5-3 in the Challenge with six more games to go on Wednesday night.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tipoff between the Tar Heels and Hoosiers.

How to watch UNC vs. Indiana

Tip-off: 9:15 p.m. ET

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Channel: ESPN

Vegas odds

The Hoosiers are 4.5-point favorites over UNC on Wednesday, according to VegasInsider. The over-under is set at 148.5 points.

ESPN BPI prediction

Predicted winner: Indiana

Predicted point differential: 9.2

Win probability (for Indiana): 80.3%

Matchup quality: 82.2

ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a tool that measures team strength and uses that to predict outcomes of future performances. Like the Vegas prognosticators, ESPN’s BPI has Indiana as the favorite to win on Wednesday night, and by a wide margin. The game is the second-most competitive of the night, based on matchup quality.

KenPom prediction

Predicted final score: Indiana 74, North Carolina 68

Win probability (for IU): 70%

KenPom is another tool that provides advanced analysis across college basketball. Like ESPN, KenPom projects that Indiana will come away with the victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup. To their advantage, the Hoosiers welcome UNC to their house where they are 4-0 so far this season.

More on North Carolina versus Indiana

While the Hoosiers bring their perfect record into Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday, the Tar Heels, led by second-year head coach Hubert Davis, enter the game with a 5-2 record. UNC went 1-2 in the Phil Knight Invitational during Feast Week, dropping games to Iowa State and Alabama.

Leading Indiana through six games this season is senior Trayce Jackson-Davis. Jackson-Davis is scoring 18.8 points per game, with eight boards, two assists and a block per game as well.

On the UNC side, star guard Caleb Love averages 20 points per game. He is coming off of a career-high 34-point performance in the four-overtime game versus Alabama.