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Virginia vs. North Carolina, ACC championship 2016: Odds, lines and betting preview

North Carolina and Virginia both ride strong betting trends into the championship game of the ACC Tournament on Saturday.

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are 6-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread over their last seven games. The Tar Heels will play for their fifth straight win when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament's championship game on Saturday.

At the beginning of the tournament, the Tar Heels were a +220 favorite to win the ACC championship on the college basketball odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. After two straight blowout wins, North Carolina is one more win away from cashing those tickets.

It has been a somewhat inconsistent season for North Carolina, but the last few games have been very promising for Tar Heels backers. North Carolina wrapped up its regular season with an impressive road win over Duke then followed that up with two huge wins and covers in the ACC Tournament, beating Pittsburgh 88-71 and Notre Dame 78-47.

North Carolina's last loss came in a road game against Virginia on Feb. 27, and the Tar Heels will get the chance to avenge that loss.

Virginia has actually enjoyed a decent share of success against the Tar Heels. The Cavaliers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games against North Carolina and 4-2 SU in their last six per the OddsShark College Basketball Database.

The Cavaliers have been a consistent winner down the stretch, posting an 8-2 SU and 9-1 ATS record over their last 10 games. Included in that run is a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS run over the last five games, advancing to this point with a 72-52 win over Georgia Tech and a 73-68 win over Miami.

Virginia's defense has been one of the best in the nation all season long, and the recent surge of offense is a promising sign for the Cavaliers heading into the ACC championship came and the NCAA Tournament.

The last five games between North Carolina and Virginia have gone OVER the posted total. The Tar Heels are 0-4 SU in their last four ACC championship game appearances, and if the Cavaliers can keep that streak going with a win, they will lock up their second ACC title in the last three seasons.