In one of the more intriguing games in this Round of 64, Villanova and North Carolina battle for the right to the Round of 32. NCAA Tournament odds can be found at Bovada sportsbook.
North Carolina (24-10) started off the season incredibly slow with two straight losses, to Virginia and home to Miami. When Roy Williams changed to their small lineup, North Carolina was completely changed and finished out the season 8-3 with the only losses coming to Duke, twice, and Miami in the ACC Tournament Championship. UNC did not have to play Duke in the tournament because of the Dukies’ loss to Maryland but North Carolina took care of Florida State and the aforementioned Maryland Terrapins to reach the final. UNC was in that game with Miami until the final three minutes or so but made it respectable.
All Villanova (20-13) does is beat tremendous basketball teams. Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette and Georgetown all have seeds of fourth and better in this season’s tournament and all lost to the Villanova Wildcats. Some people may joke that UNC is not good enough for ‘Nova to beat but they can definitely play with great teams. Their guard play is tremendous behind Arcidiacono and big TrayVaughn Pinkston inside, with 13 points per game.
Against the spread, UNC is 20-12 and 7-4 in non-conference games. Villanova is 19-10-1 ATS and 6-3-1 in non-conferene games. In pretty much every category, Villanova is well above .500 when it comes to betting ATS.
This is a really tough matchup but I am going with Carolina because Villanova does not take care of the basketball to take the Tar Heels at www.sportsbookroom.com.