North Carolina takes on Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels lead the series 4-2, but have never played in Ann Arbor before.

We studied the trends and statistics of each team to help us make an informed prediction of who will prevail when they take the court at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Here are three keys:

1. This game is going to be a battle of tempo

Through seven games, North Carolina has the 11th-fastest pace in the nation, averaging 79 possessions per 40 minutes. Michigan’s pace is tied for 338th of 353 at 65.8. That’s about as far away as two ranked teams can be.

After their first games, North Carolina hasn’t played a game with a pace under 70, and Michigan hasn’t played one with a pace over 70. Something’s going to have to budge here.

One factor that helps UNC here is the rebounding edge. In a slower game, second-chance points are even more valuable. UNC has the 10th-highest rebounding percentage (collecting 58.7 percent of available rebounds) and 20th-best offensive rebounding percentage (39.1 percent). Michigan ranks 71 and 175 respectively. The pace might be dictated by the Wolverines, but the boards will belong to the Tar Heels.

MORE: A definitive ranking of college basketball’s best rebounding teams this decade

2. We’ll see one of the best offenses in the country against one of the best defenses

That slow pace has helped Michigan put together perhaps the best defense in the country. The Wolverines hold opponents to just 73.4 points per 100 possessions — the second-best mark in the country behind Nebraska’s 72.6. 

Through six games, the Wolverines haven’t let a single opponent score more than 61 points. (For reference, Michigan’s football team gave up 62 points to Ohio State last week.) Four of their opponents didn’t break the half-century mark, including No. 8 Villanova, which shot 31.8 percent and had 19 turnovers while losing 73-46.