Round of 32 Odds: Kansas vs. UNC
In the marquee NCAA Tournament betting matchup of the day on Sunday the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks will try to continue their run at the Big Dance as they take on the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Jayhawks got past No. 16 Western Kentucky by a score of 64-57 in the Round of 64, failing to cover the big 20.5-point spread at the sportsbooks on the night. North Carolina is coming off a 78-71 win over No. 9 Villanova in which they were 5.5-point favorites.
The Jayhawks bring a 30-5 record (19-15 ATS) to this tilt against the 25-10 Tar Heels, who are 21-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Kansas go 15-15-2 so far and the Tar Heels go 16-17.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Jayhawks and the No. 45-ranked Tar Heels, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 84-79 result in favor of the Jayhawks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 75.1 PPG, against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 243 at 69.2 PPG. The Jayhawks field goal percentage has averaged 48% so far, more than the Tar Heels marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.
Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 272-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.4 points per game. Kansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 35 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina won its last outing, a 78-71 result against Villanova on March 22. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. The Tar Heels got 23 points from P.J. Hairston as North Carolina ran past Villanova 78-71 on Friday at Sprint Center.
Kansas won its last outing, a 64-57 result against Western Kentucky on March 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 20.5-point favorite. Kansas earned a 64-57 victory over Western Kentucky on Friday, getting 17 points from Jeff Withey at Sprint Center.
A few Tar Heels at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Kansas is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games