UNC Vs Kansas Predictions, Odds, Picks

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UNC Tar Heels vs Kansas Jayhawks Predictions and Picks

The UNC Tar Heels will take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2022 National Championship. These two teams have faced each other 11 times, with the last game coming in 2012. The Tar Heels won that game 80-67.

The UNC Tar Heels enjoyed a solid regular season, but were only 8 seeds in March Madness. The National Championship was won by the 8-seeds, who are not known for their deep runs.

The Tar Heels ran through the Marquette Golden Eagles 95-63 in the First Round and followed that up with a 93-86 overtime victory over the Baylor Bears.

UNC took on the UCLA Bruins in the Sweet 16 and pulled out a 73-66 win behind Caleb Love’s 30 points. Love played every minute of the game and went 6-13 from behind the three-point line. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks had a more peaceful Elite Eight match. The Tar Heels destroyed Saint Peter’s 69-49, but Love only had 14 points on 6-17 shooting.

It is clear that UNC played the toughest Tournament match against the Duke Blue Devils in the Final Four. Although the Tar Heels defeated Duke in Coach K’s last home game of the season, the Blue Devils wanted revenge. Duke did not get their revenge and lost 81-77. Caleb Love had another massive game and scored 28 points on 11-20 shooting. The Kansas Jayhawks are an impressive team and have one of the best in recent years. They had an easy First Round game against the Texas Southern Tigers and won 83-56. That win was followed by a close 79-72 Second Round victory against the injured Creighton Blue Jays.

The Jayhawks faced a tough Providence Friars team in the Sweet 16, and for a moment, it looked like Providence would win. The Friars took a late lead, but Kansas went on a 7-0 run and won 66-61. The Miami Hurricanes hosted an intriguing Elite Eight matchup between

Kansasas. The Hurricanes were up 35-29 at the half, but Kansas could not miss in the second half and won 76-50. Ochai Agbaji had a big game and led all Kansas scorers with 18 points.

The Jayhawks defeated a strong Villanova Wildcats team to reach the Final Four. Villanova did not have Justin Moore but still boasted an impressive team. Kansas jumped out to an early 10-2 lead and went into the half, winning 40-29. Justin Moore’s absence proved to be too much for the Wildcats, and they went down 81-65. David McCormack had his biggest game of the season with 25 points.

UNC is an excellent team. However, Kansas is just too good to lose this game. Kansas is the National Champions. I will take the safer bet.

Pick:

Kansas beats UNC 75-69. Kansas covers, Under 151.5 points.

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Head-to-Head: UNC Tar Heels vs Kansas Jayhawks

UNC Head-to-Head Kansas Hubert Head Coach Bill Self 29-9 (15-5, 2nd in ACC) Standing 33-6 (14-4, 1st in Big 12) Leader (Per Game) Armando Bacot (16.3) PPG Ochai Agbaji (18.9) Armando Bacot (13.1) RPG Jalen Wilson (7.5) RJ Davis (3.7) APG Dajuan Harris Jr. (4.2) RJ Davis (1.1) SPG Dajuan Harris Jr. (1.4) Armando Bacot (1.7) BPG Mitch Lightfoot (0.9) Armando Bacot (. 579) FG% Mitch Lightfoot (. 658) Brady Manek (. 401) 3P% Jalen Coleman-Lands (. 448)

Why Might the UNC Tar Heels Win? The UNC Tar Heels may be the underdogs but they have the potential to win.

UNC will be facing Kansas with big men who make their living playing at the hoops. That was very noticeable in Kansas’ last game when David McCormack scored 25 points, most of them near the hoop. UNC’s defense must play well near the hoop, forcing Kansas to take shots from outside.

UNC averages just 5.4 steals per match. They should be more involved in passing lanes, and take the ball away from Kansas. They will reduce Kansas’ scoring chances if they do.

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Why Might the Kansas Jayhawks Win?

The Kansas Jayhawks are favorites after two dominating victories. The team needs to be focused on winning rebounding and hitting free throws.

Kansas shoots pretty well from the free throw line and went 10-13 from the line against Villanova. They have not always been able to capitalize on those chances. Jayhawks must stay on the same side of the court and make free throws to build their lead. UNC boasts one of the best rebounders in America in Armando Bacot. Bacot averages 13.1 rebounds per game, the third-best in the nation. He cannot get offensive rebounds in Kansas and must be on the boards.

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Tar Heels Key Player: (G) Caleb Love

Caleb Love is coming off a 28-point game and is averaging 20 points per game this March. UNC has made Love the x factor. UNC is dependent on his success.

Love must hit the ball against Kansas and get involved with his fellow teammates. With his strong play, he can help UNC gain a leading position.

Jayhawks key player: (F. David McCormack

David McCormack wouldn’t let Kansas lose the last game. His 25 points were a career-high.

McCormack must keep getting shots at the hoop. He will make the most of all his shots if he does.

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