UK Vs UNC Elite 8 Odds & Betting AdviceJosh Bailey
Kentucky took down Lonzo Ball and UCLA on in the Sweet 16, 86 to 75. Kentucky now takes on North Carolina, 92 to 80 winners over Butler earlier in the night. The game takes place on Sunday, March 26 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:05 pm ET
Kentucky has won 14 straight games. The Wildcats are 7-6-1 against the spread in those 4 games. North Carolina has won 8 of their last 10 straight up. The Tar Heels have gone 6-3-1 ATS in those last 10.
Kentucky Wildcats Vs North Carolina Tar Heels Elite 8 Odds & Betting Advice
Bet Kentucky +3 Because…
Kentucky shut down UCLA, one of the top scoring teams in the nation, in their Sweet 16 game. The Wildcats forced UCLA into 13 turnovers. The Bruins had turned the ball over only 3 times versus Cincinnati in their Round 2 win. The turnovers were so important that even though UCLA shot close to 53% from the field and a decent 39% from three, the Bruins couldn’t get close to Kentucky in the second half.
Bet North Carolina -3 Because…
North Carolina has Joel Berry II. Berry II, a junior, does whatever it takes for the Tar Heels to win. He scored 26 points against Butler in North Carolina’s impressive Sweet 16 win over the Bulldogs. When Berry II is on the court, every player on North Carolina gets better.
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North Carolina has the experience with Berry II. They also have size with Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, and Luke Maye. Berry II’s back court mate, Justin Jackson, is an electrifying player.
But, North Carolina may not have an answer for Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. Monk scored 21 points versus UCLA. He had only 7 points at halftime. Fox was scintillating during the entire game versus the Bruins. He scored 39 points. Fox hit 13 of 15 at the line. Fox can score from anywhere on the floor. Monk can shoot from anywhere on the floor.
The real problem that North Carolina should have in this game is breaking down Kentucky’s team defense. Wichita State was good for only 62 while UCLA, who averages 90, was good for only 75.
I think Kentucky is playing at too high of a level for North Carolina to beat straight up on Sunday. I’m backing the Wildcats to win the South Region.