Tar Heels Open As Sportsbook Favorites Over OregonPosted by: Mike Davis
There’s a reason the March Madness betting tournament is a sportsbook players dream come true. The unpredictable nature of March Madness consistently delivers bombshell results at each stage of the tournament. The opening rounds of this year’s tournament were unlike no other we’d seen. From innumerable upsets, to a lack of buzzer-beating shots, the nation can unanimously agree that March Madness got a little madder in 2017.
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Of course, the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen round were no exception. In the Sweet Sixteen round of action, we witnessed Oregon and Xavier hand out appalling upsets. In the Elite Eight round, Xavier was unable to keep their magical upset streak alive, but Oregon was able to stun the Jayhawks. Oregon will now have to face an equally challenging opponent in UNC, and the March Madness betting world will be eagerly waiting to see how the Ducks fare.
Oregon vs. UNC – Saturday, April 1st
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
When: 8:50 pm ET
NCAA Basketball Betting Tournament Lines:
Oregon Ducks +5 (-110) 151 ½ (-110) +175
North Carolina Tar Heels -5 (-110) 151 ½ (-110) -210
The Oregon Ducks have fought their way to a 33-5 record (16-2 Pac-12) that paved the way to a first place finish in conference standings. Once in the Pac-12 tournament, the Ducks were able to make it all the way to the title match, were they lost 83-80 to Arizona.
Oregon faced its toughest challenge yet when they faced Kansas this past Saturday. However, the Ducks didn’t miss a beat as they flew past the Jayhawks 74-60. Oregon faced Iona in the opening round of 2017’s NCAA Tournament, before advancing past Rhode Island and Michigan.
The March Madness betting underdog will turn to leading point-scorer Dillon Brooks to help deliver an upset against the Tar Heels. Brooks is putting up 16.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per contest. Second in points for Oregon is Tyler Dorsey who is draining 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
North Carolina Tar Heels
After losing last year’s championship game in dramatic fashion, UNC entered this year’s season with newfound passion. The Tar Heels have turned in a 31-7 record (14-4 ACC) that gave way to a 1st place finish in conference standings. In the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels were eliminated by Duke in the Semifinals 83-93.
To kick things off in this year’s tourney, North Carolina faced Texas Southern, and then Arkansas in the Second Round. Butler posed a problem for UNC in the Sweet Sixteen round of the tournament, but Kentucky came the closest to knocking off North Carolina. The Tar Heels were able to hold on past the Wildcats 75-73.
This upcoming weekend, UNC will be relying on Justin Jackson to keep Oregon at bay. Jackson is putting up 18.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per contest. Second in points for the Tar Heels is Joel Berry III who is averaging 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per outing.