We came home a winner with our college basketball best bet as the Louisville Cardinals stormed from behind with a strong rally late to get the win and cover against the Florida Gators on Saturday. Like we said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino during the second half of the Big East conference play felt a strong run from this Cardinals team and they have certainly peaked at the right time as it began with a Big East Tournament championship and has led them to a Final Four appearance next week. Our college basketball top betting selection from Sunday comes from the Elite eight NCAA Tournament game between the Kansas Jayhawks and North Carolina Tar Heels. Tip off time is scheduled for 5PM Eastern Time from the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis Missouri and CBS provides the live national television coverage. With our NCAA Tournament March Madness betting pick we will play on the North Carolina Tar Heels +1 point against the Kansas Jayhawks. The betting line from our college basketball pick is pulled from Bovada sportsbook.
The betting odds from this NCAA Tournament game opened with the Big 12 conference club the Kansas Jayhawks lined as a -3 point favorite with an over under of 144 points. Early money from the NCAA college basketball bettors has been ACC conference money on the North Carolina Tar Heels as Kansas is now favored by just -1 point. The over under has moved down to a current total of 142 points. Kansas Jayhawks money line bettors will lay -115 odds with the underdog North Carolina Tar Heels returning -105 odds to earn the win without the need for taking the +1 point on the betting line on their side.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are getting fantastic numbers from senior forward Tyler Zeller who scored 20 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in the teams win against Ohio in the Sweet 16. Thus far in the NCAA Tournament Zeller is averaging 16 points and 14 rebounds. North Carolina is a very experienced team and has played outstanding defense. They allowed Vermont just 39.7% shooting and in their win against the Bobcats they allowed just 32.4% from the floor. You look at the Tar Heel starters in Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Reggie Bullock and you have hungry players on North Carolina that have been tournament tested.
The Kansas Jayhawks has struggled mightily against the quality foes in this NCAA Tournament. They shot just 33.9% in a three point win against Purdue in the Round of 32. In their Sweet 16 win the Jayhawks made just 37.5% from the floor and a poor 7.1% from the three point line in a game played at today’s site at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis. Looks like the Jayhawks are having trouble shooting in this backdrop at a football stadium as those shooting angles can be a bit tricky to figure. I like North Carolina around the glass as they will be the team with the higher percentage shots around the baskel and is the play taking the +1 point at the sports books.