Marquette vs. North Carolina Prediction
An 8-9 battle between Marquette and North Carolina will take place in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. ET. With the Tar Heels laying 3.5 points as the favorite and the total sitting at 152, what’s the best bet when it comes to this matchup?
725 Marquette Golden Eagles (+3.5) vs. 726 North Carolina Tar Heels (-3.5); o/u 152
4:30 p.m. ET, Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Marquette Golden Eagles DFS Snapshot
Darryl Morsell supplied 18 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, one assist, one block and one steal in 31 minutes during Thursday’s 74-63 loss to Creighton. Morsell didn’t contribute much elsewhere in the box score, but he led Marquette in scoring. Racking up five consecutive double-digit scoring performances to end his season. The senior finishes his Marquette career averaging 13.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting.
North Carolina Tar Heels DFS Snapshot
Armando Bacot recorded 19 points (9-10 FG, 1-2 FT), 14 rebounds and two assists over 36 minutes before fouling out of Friday’s 72-59 loss to Virginia Tech. Bacot did what he could to carry UNC in this game, but the rest of the team didn’t help him, and as a result, the Tar Heels couldn’t reach the ACC Tournament final to set up a matchup against Duke. Bacot posted six double-doubles in his final seven games of the campaign, and he should play a big role for the team in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
March Madness Betting Prediction
The Golden Eagles are just 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games overall, are 1-5-1 against the number in their last seven NCAA Tournament games and are 2-7 at the window in their last nine neutral site games as an underdog. On the other side, the Tar Heels have covered in four of their last five games, are 4-1-1 against the number in their last six games following a loss and are 5-1-1 at the window in their last seven games when facing an opponent with a winning record.
MARCH MADNESS BETTING PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS -3.5