Ohio became just the fifth No. 13 seed to make the Sweet 16 with a pair of upsets last week, but becoming the first team to make the Elite Eight will require a huge upset.
The Bobcats face North Carolina, who lost their starting point guard to injury last week. Does that open the door for Ohio? Does it make them more attractive as a double-digit underdog?
Ohio has been dominant against the spread, going 12-3 ATS past 15 games as underdog. They are also 10-1 SU in their past 11 games overall. [ Watch UNC line moves and pocket special offers at TopBet this week ]
But this is UNC, a team that is 4-1 ATS in five recent trips to the Sweet 16, and the No. 1 seed in the Midwest bracket. Underdog bettors found the best Ohio spread at SBG Global earlier today.
The Tar Heels sport records of 31-5 and 20-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bobcats have 29-7 and 16-13 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-16-2 for the Tar Heels and 12-17 for the Bobcats.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 65-rated Ohio taking on the No. 5-rated Tar Heels in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 86-78 win for the Tar Heels on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bobcats is ranked No. 186 in NCAA hoops at 34.3 per game. Contrast that with North Carolina’s No. 1 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Carolina is the No. 274-ranked team in the country at 5.1 per game, while Ohio rates No. 68 at 7.4 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Ohio owns the country's No. 60-rated mark, allowing 64.8 points per game on the highway. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.
Ohio was a 62-56 winner in its last match on the road against South Florida. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Walter Offutt scored 21 points leading the Bobcats to a 62-56 victory over South Florida at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.
Last time out for North Carolina, they were an 87-73 winner as they battled Creighton at home. They covered in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. The Tar Heels grabbed an 87-73 win over the Bluejays on Sunday, behind an 18 -point effort from Kendall Marshall at Greensboro Coliseum.