Will Providence give UNC a scare?
Is No. 1 North Carolina being given too many points for tonight’s 9:40PM ET NCAA Tournament game against No. 9 Providence? Here’s our take.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is heavily favored tonight, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -9.5 points against Providence. The over/under total for the game has been set at 151 points. These two play as part of the Midwest Region today from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
North Carolina is 29-6 on the season, 8-0 on a neutral court and 16-18-1 against the spread. Providence is 24-10 overall, 4-2 on a neutral floor and 18-15 against the spread. Providence had a 70-69 win over USC on Thursday while UNC had an 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast. These two met in 2014 with UNC getting a 79-77 win in the tournament.
The Tar Heels were on a nice four-game cover streak before only getting a 16-point win over a 16 seed on Thursday. Providence had to play to the buzzer to get past USC, but the Friars have covered in five of their last six, including in two games as an underdog. The Tar Heels are just 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games while Providence is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 against ACC opponents and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 on a neutral floor. Look for this game to be a battle and come down to the final few minutes.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: PROVIDENCE +9.5