Arkansas vs. North Carolina - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas Razorbacks (27-8) at North Carolina Tar Heels (25-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:40 pm (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -4.5 -- Over/Under: 157 See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas Razorbacks and North Carolina Tar Heels play Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have won four of their last six and are coming off a win over Wofford. On the season, Arkansas is averaging 77.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 69.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Bobby Portis is averaging 17.5 points and 8.8 rebounds while Michael Qualls is averaging 15.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Rashad Madden is dishing 4.5 assists and Alandise Harris is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Arkansas Razorbacks have five players averaging at least 7.8 points, and they’re shooting 72.1 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Arkansas is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in six of its last eight games.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels have won six of their last eight and are coming off a win over Harvard. On the season, UNC is averaging 77.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Marcus Paige is averaging 13.9 points and 4.7 assists while Brice Johnson is averaging 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. Kennedy Meeks is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and J.P. Tokoto is dishing 4.2 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Defensively, UNC is allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
The Razorbacks are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 neutral site games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games. The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
North Carolina is my pick to win it all simply due to its playmaking ability and insane depth at the bigs spots. Arkansas doesn't have enough depth to compete with the Tar Heels. Take North Carolina and the chalk with high confidence.