#9 Washington Huskies vs #1 North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA Basketball: Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 2:40 PM EST, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Line: North Carolina -11.5
The second round of the NCAA Tournament continues as the eighth seed Washington Huskies take on the one seed of the Midwest Region, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Both teams advance to the second round after North Carolina defeated #16 seed, Iona, 88 to 73, and Washington defeated #9 seed Utah State, 78 to 61. The winner of this game advance to the Sweet 16 to face fifth-seeded Auburn.
For the Huskies, they should be feeling good as they defeated #9 Utah State, 78 to 61 on Friday night. In that game, forward Noah Dickerson was the leading scorer as he went 7-13 from the field scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Against the ball, Washington is #19 in Kenpom defensive efficiency rating letting teams score 93.8 points per 100 possessions. And much in part to Thybulle, this team is #2 in the country in steals/play taking it away 11.4% of the time. Purple and gold are also #2 nationally in blocks/play. UW’s #163 in offensive efficiency and have a Kenpow adjusted offensive efficiency rating of 107.2 points per 100 possessions. That number is only good for #50 out of the 64 teams in the tourney.
North Carolina Tar Heels:
The Tar Heels is had been one of the hottest teams in the nation as of late and they continue that as they defeated #16 Iona, 88 to 73. Cameron Johnson, The ACC leading scorer, went 7-13 from the field scoring 21 points. Nasir Little adding 19 points on his own. The Tar Heels are one of the best offenses in the nation as they average 86.1 points per game. Offense is the Tar Heels’ bread and butter for their season success. Two things that the Tar Heels have to be careful is turning the ball over and getting into foul trouble.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Washington is 4-3 SU in its past seven games
1-6 ATS in its past seven contests
The UNDER has hit in 10 of its last 14 games
North Carolina is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of North Carolina’s last 10 games
March Madness Prediction Washington Huskies vs North Carolina Tar Heels
This game is going to be a close one in the first half if North Carolina doesn’t start off on fire. Washington is going to have to force the Tar Heels to turn the ball over and take bad shots. The Huskies are a very good defensive team as they grabbed 9.0 steals a game and block 5.7 shots per game. I believe that once the second half start, watch for North Carolina to take over and win the game. Take the over here.
Pick: Over 152