Oregon Ducks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Date and Time: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:49 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium
College Basketball Odds: North Carolina -4.5, O/U 151.5
Oregon vs. North Carolina TV Coverage: CBS
The Ducks have found a way to win close games in the NCAA Tournament, as they beat Rhode Island by three points and Michigan by one point. In the Elite Eight they routed top seeded Kansas. Jordan Bell has been a beast for the Ducks, as he is rebounding and blocking shots. Oregon has also gotten great play from Tyler Dorsey who had 27 points in the win over Kansas. If the Ducks continue to get strong play from Bell, Dorsey and Dillon Brooks they have a real shot to beat North Carolina.
The Tar Heels rolled in the first round against Texas Southern but it wasn’t easy against Arkansas, Butler or Kentucky. North Carolina had to rally late in their wins over the Razorbacks and Wildcats. The Tar Heels really haven’t played that great but they have been able to win because of their talent. They won’t be able to play poorly and beat Oregon. Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson have to shoot the ball better if North Carolina is to advance to Monday’s title game.
Oregon was 21-15-1 ATS during the regular season and they are 2-1-1 in the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks went over the total 17 times during the regular season and under 20 times. Oregon has gone over twice and under twice in the tourney. The Ducks average 79 points per game and give up about 65 per contest.
The Tar Heels went 18-15-3 ATS during the regular season and they are 2-1-1 ATS in the tourney. North Carolina went over 14 times during the regular season, under 21 times, with one push. They have gone over twice and under twice in the tourney. The Tar Heels average 85 points per game and give up 71 per contest.
Oregon vs. North Carolina Free Picks
The Ducks have the offense to give North Carolina trouble and Bell can cause them problems on defense. I will take Oregon plus the points at BetDSI.
Oregon vs. North Carolina ATS Pick: Take the points with Oregon at BetDSI.
Oregon vs. North Carolina Score Prediction: North Carolina 75, Oregon 74