The North Carolina Tar Heels will be looking to overcome recent adversity as they begin the defence of their national championship on Friday with a first-round date with the Lipscomb Bisons as 19.5-point favourites on the March Madness odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
North Carolina is coming off a 71-63 loss to Virginia as a 3.5-point underdog in last weekend’s ACC Tournament final, and is 3-3 straight up in six outings ahead of Friday afternoon’s Bisons versus Tar Heels matchup at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Despite their recent loss to the Cavaliers, the Tar Heels enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed on the West Regional bracket, and maintain strong +1400 odds to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
However, UNC will first have to get past a surging Bisons squad if it is to stay on course to reach the national championship game for a third straight season. Lipscomb makes its March Madness debut riding an eight-game SU win streak, and put a scare into UNC in their only previous meeting, an 80-66 loss in Chapel Hill back in November 2010.
Elsewhere in first-round action, runners-up at last year’s NCAA Tournament, the Gonzaga Bulldogs ride an impressive 14-game SU win streak into Thursday afternoon’s date with the UNC Greensboro Spartans as 12.5-point favourites.
The No. 4 seed in the West Region, and a +1500 wager on the national championship odds, the Bulldogs were crowned as West Coast Conference regular season and tournament champions for a sixth straight time this season, but proved to be a betting disappointment down the stretch, going 5-11 ATS in their past 16 outings.
Gonzaga has claimed the win in nine straight opening-round contests, but is just 2-3 ATS in their past five, and winless ATS in their past five as double-digit betting …read more
Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport