Wisconsin vs. North Carolina - 3/26/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (26-11) at Wisconsin Badgers (33-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Wisconsin Badgers play Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have won five of their last six and are coming off a win over Arkansas. On the season, UNC is averaging 77.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Marcus Paige is averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 assists while Brice Johnson is averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. Justin Jackson is grabbing 3.7 rebounds and J.P. Tokoto is dishing 4.3 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels have four double-digit scorers, and they're shooting 70.2 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from deep. Defensively, UNC is allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last six games. Kennedy Meeks is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won eight straight and are coming off a win over Oregon. On the season, Wisky is averaging 72.3 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 56.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Bronson Koenig is dishing 2.4 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have four players averaging at least 8.6 points, and they’re shooting 76.1 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisky is allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
The Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The Badgers are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games.
You guys know I had North Carolina winning it all, and my thoughts haven't changed. This is the same Wisconsin team that got crushed by Duke on its home court. It's also the same Wisconsin team that got outrebounded by a small Oregon team. I can ony imagine what a big and deep UNC team is going to do. Take North Carolina to win this outright.