|2014 March Madness Second Round Odds: Providence vs. North Carolina|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 21 March 2014 14:15|
Providence vs. N. Carolina Odds
North Carolina went 23-9 this season, coming out of the ACC. Providence went 23-11 on the year and won the Big East Tournament title. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, North Carolina is the favorite to win, as the Tar Heels have odds of -4 points against Providence. The over/under total has been set at 143.5 points (View Matchup). These two have no recent meetings.
North Carolina went 16-16 against the spread this season and hit the over in 16 of 31 lined games. UNC was riding a 12-game win streak late the in the season, but comes in having lost two straight. UNC averages 76.3 points per game on offense and the Tar Heels rank eighth in the nation in rebounding, averaging 39.9 per game. On defense, UNC is giving up just 69.1 points per game and it holds its opponents to 31.1 percent shooting from 3-point land. The Heels are led by Marcus Paige, who averages 17.4 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Providence was 18-15 against the spread this season and it hit the over 19 times. The Friars have won six of their last seven entering the NCAA Tournament. Providence comes in averaging 73.2 points per game and the Friars are ranked second nationally in free-throw shooting, as the team posts a 78.1 percent success rate at the line. Defensively, Providence allows 69.5 points per game. The Friars are led by Bryce Cotton, who is posting 21.4 points and 5.8 assists per game.
These two will face off in the second round of the East Region, today at 7:20PM ET on TNT. The game will be held from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.