Huskies vs. Tar Heels Prediction
The No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels are in action this afternoon as they are double-digit favorites against the ninth-seeded Washington Huskies. Can North Carolina live up to its seeding and cover the spread?
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Washington Arena at 2:40PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tar Heels are an 11.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 148.5 points. As of Sunday morning, 66 percent of public bets are siding with North Carolina. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Huskies roll past Aggies
Washington cruised to a 78-61 victory over Utah State Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies (27-8) led by a 40-28 halftime score on its way to the win. Washington shot 25-of-51 from the floor, 10-of-17 from 3-point range plus 18-of-21 at the free throw line. Noah Dickerson paced the Huskies with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He also contributed 12 rebounds and two steals. Jaylen Nowell tallied 19 points, five boards and five assists. Nahziah Carter had 13 points and four dimes off the bench. Matisse Thybulle added 10 points, five steals, three rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.
Tar Heels pull away from Gaels
North Carolina trailed at halftime Friday night in its first round game versus Iona, but rebounded for an 88-73 win. The Tar Heels (28-6) fell behind 38-33 at halftime before rallying back after the break. North Carolina shot 35-of-75 from the floor, 7-of-22 from 3-point distance plus 11-of-15 at the free throw line on its way to the win. Cameron Johnson paced the Tar Heels with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 4-of-8 from 3-point distance plus 3-of-3 at the free throw line. He also notched seven rebounds and four assists. Nassir Little contributed 19 points and four boards off the bench. Luke Maye had 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Garrison Brooks tallied 10 points and eight rebounds. Coby White added 10 points, six caroms, four dimes and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Huskies are 2-6 ATS ni their last eight games overall. Washington is 18-40 ATS in its last 58 Sunday games.
The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. North Carolina is 13-3-1 ATS in its last 17 games versus the Pac-12 Conference.
This spread seems a little too wide against a Washington team playing with confidence again after its big first round win. It's a Huskies team with playmakers, led in part by the disruptive Thybulle as he is the heart and soul of the squad. North Carolina has talented veterans, but also struggled to pull away from Iona so I wouldn't say it is playing its best basketball. I'm taking Washington to stay within the number.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON HUSKIES +11.5