Providence vs North Carolina NCAA Tournament Spread & ATS PickJosh Bailey
The number nine seeded Providence Friars beat the USC Trojans 70 to 69 on a last second layup on Thursday. The Friars now move on in the NCAA Tournament and battle the 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, March 19. North Carolina took care of a pesky Florida Gulf Coast squad 83 to 67 earlier on Thursday. The game takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
North Carolina has now won 6 games in a row. The Tar Heels are 8 out of 10 straight up in their last 10 games. Providence has won 5 out of their last 6 games.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the No. 9 Providence Friars vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Basketball Tournament Spread & My ATS Pick
Providence is 18 and 15 ATS overall. The Friars have gone 5 and 1 ATS in their last 6 games. Providence didn’t cover against USC since the Friars were a 2 point favorite on Thursday. North Carolina has covered in 4 out of their last 6 games. The Tar Heels didn’t cover a 22 points spread in their win against Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday.
What: NCAA Tournament – East
Who: Providence Friars vs North Carolina Tar Heels
When: Saturday March 19th 9:40 PM EDT
Bet The No. 9 Providence Friars Because…
The Friars Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil match up with any team in the NCAA Tournament. Dunn averages 16 points, 5.4 boards, and 6.3 assists per game. Against USC, Dunn’s stats line was 16 points, 4 boards and 4 assists. Bentil averages 21.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Versus Florida Gulf Coast, Bentil’s stats line was 19 points, 2 assists, and 9 boards. When Dunn and Bentil are on, the Friars are tough to beat.
Bet The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels Because…
North Carolina can play any style of basketball and come out on top. Florida Gulf Coast waned to run. So, North Carolina ran with Florida Gulf Coast and scored over 80 points. NC’s defense held Florida Gulf Coast to 67 points. Versus Virginia in the ACC Tournament, North Carolina had to play a slowdown game. The Cavaliers love to chew up clock and play tough defense. NC beat the Cavs at their own game. They won 61 to 57 to claim the ACC Tournament Championship.
Against The Spread Pick & Final Score Prediction
North Carolina’s versatility is what should carry the Tar Heels in this matchup. Providence will put up a fight for a time, but the Friars don’t play defense as well as NC does.
Nobody on Providence’s team plays defense as well as Marcus Paige with North Carolina does. Paige shut down Malcolm Brogdon in the ACC Tournament. It’s likely that Coach Roy Williams is going to have Paige shadow Dunn when NC is man to man. That could spell doom for the Friars. I like North Carolina big in this battle.