Gonzaga Vs North Carolina on Monday night in the national championship game.
The North Carolina Tar Heels opened as 2-point favorites over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Monday’s national championship game between a pair of No. 1 seeds at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. CBS will air the game live at 9:00 PM ET and stream it online.
How did they get here? Gonzaga took down South Carolina 77 to 73 this past Saturday while North Carolina squeaked by Oregon, 77-76, in the second Final Four tilt.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the Gonzaga vs North Carolina NCAA Title Game Odds & Pick
North Carolina has gone 2-2-1 against the spread in their 6 wins during the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga has won 8 straight. The Zags are 3-4-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
What: No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (36-1) Vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (30-7)
When: Monday, April 3, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: UNC -2
Moneyline: UNC -125
Game Total: 154.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Gonzaga Vs North Carolina
Bet Gonzaga To Win The NCAA Title Because…
The Zags keep playing better and better. Gonzaga destroyed Xavier 83 to 59 in the Elite Eight. They held the Musketeers to 35.5% from the field and 12.5% from three. Versus South Carolina in the Final Four, Gonzaga was better. They stopped South Carolina’s best player in his tracks. South Carolina made a run, but Gonzaga stopped the Gamecocks short.
“To be playing in the last game of the year is just crazy cool,” said Bulldogs coach Mark Few.
Even after being slated as a top-seed, plenty have doubted Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have had their doubters because they play in the weaker West Coast Conference, and their last two games in the tournament were against upstarts — 11th-seeded Xavier and seventh-seeded South Carolina.
Bet North Carolina To Win The NCAA Title Because…
North Carolina keeps finding ways to win. The Tar Heels dominated Oregon inside to beat the Ducks in the Final Four. When North Carolina isn’t dominating inside, they do a great job on the perimeter. The Heels are also fired up since they lost the National Championship in 2016.
“You know, on game night, kids gotta play. That’s the bottom line,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. “I’ve never won a game from the bench. I may have lost some, but I know I’ve never won one. We’ve gotta go out and play and do the best we can.”
North Carolina won the ACC regular-season title by two games and knocked off a No. 4 seed (Butler), a No. 2 seed (Kentucky) and a No. 3 seed (Oregon on Saturday night) to advance to the title game. The Tar Heels’ bona-fides are unquestioned.
Gonzaga Vs UNC NCAA Title Game Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I think North Carolina is a good team. But, the Tar Heels got lucky against Oregon on Saturday. North Carolina dominated the Ducks inside because Oregon big man Jordan Bell got hurt. Bell continued to play after twisting an ankle. But he wasn’t nearly as effective on defense after getting hurt.
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina’s top big man, scored 25 points and grabbed 14 boards. Meeks won’t score that many points as easily on Monday night having to face Przemek Karnowski. Karnowski was effective inside versus South Carolina. The Zags also have big man Zach Collins to rebound versus the Tar Heels.
North Carolina has an edge with player Justin Jackson. He’s going to be the best player on the court. But, NC allowed Oregon to almost upset them. Gonzaga has a much better defense than Oregon has.
The Zags allow 29.4% from three. They allow 36.5% from the field. They were the only team in this tournament to stop South Carolina player Sindarius Thornwell. Thornwell made 4 of 12 from the field. He made 2 of 6 three-point shots.
Gonzaga’s defense should win them the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship. For the second year in a row, I predict that North Carolina loses in the final college hoops game of the season.