The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels may have looked the most impressive through their first two games of the NCAA Tournament but not far behind them in the court of public opinion have been the No. 5 Auburn Tigers. Auburn destroyed Kansas in the second round and is riding a 10-game win streak coming into this matchup. North Carolina will look to stop Auburn’s excellent three-point shooting and opened as a 5-point favorite with a total of 162.
My Best Bet for Auburn vs UNC
This one will all come down to three-point shooting as Auburn has been nearly unstoppable behind the arc and it makes teams press harder to try to close the gap. When Auburn faced Kansas, it blitzed the Jayhawks with a flurry of threes and counter-attacking and gave Kansas no chance to make up the ground.
However, UNC showed in its game vs Washington that transition defense is crucial in stopping the Tar Heels because any time the Huskies made a basket, the Heels roared down the court to get an easy layup. I think the Tigers have better athletes to keep pace with the Heels and I expect a high-scoring game but I think North Carolina’s rebounding and ability to defend the perimeter will end up being the difference in shutting down Auburn. Since I have UNC winning the national title, I think the Tar Heels can figure out how to neutralize the Tigers’ deep shooting and limit them to being a half-court team.
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