Saint Peter's Peacocks (22-11) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (27-9)
March 27, 2022 5:05 pm EDT
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -8 / Saint Peter's Peacocks +8; Over/Under: 137
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The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Sunday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament Elite Eight at the Wells Fargo Center. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks have a chance to make the first Final Four in school history. The North Carolina Tar Heels look to make their seventh Final Four appearance since the 2000 season.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are averaging 66.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 62.4 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Daryl Banks III is averaging 11.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, while KC Ndefo is averaging 10.7 points and 2.3 assists. Matthew Lee is grabbing 1.8 rebounds and Doug Edert is dishing 0.9 assists. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 78.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Armando Bacot is averaging 16.4 points and 12.5 rebounds, while Caleb Love is averaging 15.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Brady Manek is the third double-digit scorer and RJ Davis is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game.
The Peacocks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games and 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 33-16 in Peacocks last 49 overall. The over is 16-7-1 in Tar Heels last 24 overall.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are going to be favored for obvious reasons, and they should win this game. However, at some point we have to stop sleeping on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, a club that’s beaten three excellent teams to get to this point. Kentucky is loaded with NBA talent, Murray State was easily the best mid-major in the field, and Purdue has NBA prospects and one of the best offenses in the country. Saint Peter’s may not go all the way, but this team is legit and isn’t backing down. Also, Saint Peter’s has been a covering machine all season long, which is the only thing you should care about. I’m riding the money train until the ticket stop cashing. Give me the Peacocks.