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#8 North Carolina Tar Heels
vs.
#1 Kansas Jayhawks

Date/Time: March 24th, 5:15 ET

Television: CBS

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Point Spread: Kansas -6

Total: 143

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • North Carolina is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
  • North Carolina is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
  • North Carolina is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • North Carolina is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 NCAA Tournament games.
  • North Carolina is 7-22 ATS in their last 29 Sunday games.

Kansas Jayhawks

  • Kansas is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Kansas is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
  • Kansas is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win.
  • Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.

 

Head Coach Roy Williams will be on center stage on Sunday night in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. His current team, the North Carolina Tar Heels will take on his old team, the Kansas Jayhawks, as the two battle it out for a spot in the Sweet 16.

Opportunity is definitely knocking for the Tar Heels to make something really special out of a season that was anything but. The Heels really didn’t do well for most of the season, knowing that they underachieved in the very suspect ACC. Every time the team ran into one of the big boys in the conference, not only did North Carolina get beaten, but it really got destroyed as well. The win over the Villanova Wildcats was a nice one on Friday, as the 78-71 victory showed all that was right about this program. The four-guard lineup gave the Cats fits, and the team was able to overcome a 35-23 rebounding disadvantage to come away with the victory and the cover. G PJ Hairston has been on fire since the start of the ACC Tournament, as he is now averaging 21.3 points per game in his last four. The bad news is that F Mouphtaou Yarou scored 17 points and came up with eight rebounds for the Wildcats, and if the Tar Heels had troubles with him, we can only imagine what types of problems they’ll have against the Jayhawks.

Kansas meanwhile, either just didn’t have its best game, or it played down to the level of its opposition on Friday when it barely knocked off the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Jayhawks trailed by a point at halftime. They gave up a whopping 13 offensive rebounds and were actually outrebounded for the game by one. They gave up 24 more shots than they took. They turned the ball over nearly double the amount of times that the Hilltoppers did. It just wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination. G Elijah Johnson, normally a double digit point scorer, had just five points, while G Ben McLemore was quiet all game long, making just two field goals. He did however, knock down all seven of his shots from the charity stripe.

Prediction:

In the end, this game is going to be won by C Jeff Withey. Withey had 17 points, six boards, seven blocks, and a countless number of altered shots against the Hilltoppers, and he is going to have the ability to dominate against a very much so undersized team. Kansas has the quickness to keep up with the little guys, even with Withey on the court. UNC will go down and go down hard for the second straight year in the dance at the hands of the Jayhawks. Kansas 76 – North Carolina 68

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.