Two great Elite Eight matchups highlight the NCAA tournament calendar on March 25. In one game, the North Carolina Tar Heels face the formidable Kansas Jayhawks. Both teams have won over 30 games this season and both teams are talented enough to play for the national championship, but only one will move on to the Final Four.
Kansas reached this round with a 60-57 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. They did not cover the spread in that game as the 9-point favorite. North Carolina needed overtime and cold shooting by Ohio in the extra frame to beat the Bobcats 73-65. The Tar Heels failed to cover the 10 ½-point favorite spread with their OT win.
Kansas is only 3-7 ATS over their last 10 NCAA tournament game. The Jayhawks are also just 1-4 ATS in their last four NCAA tournament games following a win and are just 4-9 ATS against opponents from the ACC over their last 13 games. North Carolina is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games and has a record of 13-5 ATS over their last 18 tournaments matchups.
The line has Kansas as 1 ½ point favorites after opening with them as 2 ½ point favorites. The total has come down from 144 to 143. Smart money is on North Carolina plus the points and the total to finish UNDER.
The other Elite Eight game today will pit the Kentucky Wildcats against the Baylor Bears. Kentucky reached this round with an impressive 102-90 win over Indiana. They played much of that game with All-American Anthony Davis on the bench in foul trouble. He finished with only nine points and 12 rebounds, but four fellow teammates stepped up to cover for him. This shows the depth on the roster for the Wildcats.
Baylor was able to slip by the Xavier Musketeers to reach this point in the tournament. They defeated the Musketeers 75-70 but failed to cover a 6 ½ point favorite spread. The Bears are very athletic. In the early rounds of the tournament, their backcourt players carried them, but in their win over Xavier, the frontcourt showed how good they are with Quincy Acy making 8 of his 11 field goal attempts.
The current line has the Wildcats as an 8-point favorite after opening at 7 ½. The total has increased from 148 to 148 ½. Take the Wildcats less the points, as they will prove they are indeed the nation’s most talented and best team.