The number 2 seeded Villanova Wildcats beat Oklahoma 95 to 51 in a historic rout on Saturday, April 2. Things get tougher for Nova on Monday night, April 4, when they take on the number 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels blasted Syracuse 83 to 66. The game takes place in Houston, Texas. Tip-off is at 6:19 pm ET.
The NCAA College Basketball Championship game odds favor North Carolina by 2.5-points to beat Villanova. If you are betting the game straight up then Villanova pays $130 on $100 while North Carolina pays $100 on $150. The game total is 151 for over/under bets.
How To Bet the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA College Basketball Championship Odds
Villanova has won 17 out of their last 19 games. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 25 out of their last 29 games. North Carolina goes into Monday on a 9 game winning streak. North Carolina is 7 and 1 against the spread in their last 8 games. Villanova has covered in 5 straight games.
What: NCAA Basketball Tournament Finals
Who: No. 2 Villanova Wildcats vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels
When: Monday, April 4, 2016
Tip-Off: 9:19 PM ET
Where: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: UNC -2.5
Moneyline: NOVA +130 vs UNC -150
Game Total: 151
Listen: Villanovavs North Carolina
Why Bet The Villanova Wildcats To Beat UNC
Villanova continued its hot shooting against Oklahoma in the Final Four Semifinal win. The Wildcats shot close to 58% from the field and close to 47% from three in the first round. In the second round, they shot 59% from the field and close to 53% from three. Villanova blew out Miami in the Sweet 16 by shooting close to 63% from the field and over 66% from three. Against Oklahoma, the Wildcats were flat out amazing. Villanova shot an unreal 71.4% from the field when hitting 35 out of 49 shots. Nova made 11 out of 18 three point shots against the Sooners for 61.1%.
Why Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels To Beat Nova
North Carolina has no flaws. The Tar Heels were supposed to be a terrible 3-point shooting team. In the first half of their win over Syracuse, they were. North Carolina missed their first 12 three-point shots. But, then, the Tar Heels came alive from behind the arc in the second half when making 4 out of their next 5 three-pointers. North Carolina shot 53.8% from the field against Syracuse’s famed 2-3 zone. The Tar Heels also out rebounded Syracuse 43 to 31.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Villanova has played better than any other team in this tournament. The Wildcats looked amazing in the historic beat down of Oklahoma on Saturday. But, Nova faces a team that they just don’t match up very well with.
Daniel Ochefu, Villanova’s best big man, is too slow to match up with Brice Johnson. Kris Jenkins is a good defender but he can’t guard Johnson, either. What it means is that Villanova could very well have to go to a zone defense in order to just keep Johnson and the underrated Kennedy Meeks from dominating the paint. If Villanova does that, Joel Berry II, Marcus Paige, Joel Pinson and Nate Britt are all capable of running off of screens and shooting mid-range jump shots from right inside of the three-point line.
If the Villanova guards try to stop North Carolina’s guards from taking that mid-range jump shot by collapsing the zone, Paige and his crew will just bury threes. That’s how good of a team North Carolina is. They can miss their first 12 three-pointers and still take an 11 point lead into halftime against Syracuse, one of the top defensive teams in the nation.
Villanova has a lot of heart. The Wildcats are talented. But Villanova hasn’t faced a team that’s as well-rounded, with as deep of a bench, and that has so many scorers like North Carolina has. The Tar Heels will beat Villanova on Monday night.