Tigers vs. Tar Heels Prediction
The No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels are action tonight in the Sweet 16 as they take on the fifth-seeded Auburn Tigers. Is a bet on UNC the right play to make tonight or is an upset in the cards?
Friday, March 29, 2019
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tar Heels are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 165 points. As of Friday afternoon, 70 percent of public bets are coming in on North Carolina. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Tigers dominate Jayhawks
Auburn cruised to an 89-75 victory Saturday night over Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16 with a 28-9 record. The Tigers led by a commanding 51-25 halftime score en route to the win. Auburn shot 32-of-61 from the floor, 12-of-30 from 3-point range plus 12-of-15 at the free throw line. Bryce Brown led the Tigers with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting including 7-of-11 from 3-point range. He also notched three rebounds and two assists. Jared Harper accounted for 18 points and six assists. Chuma Okeke contributed 12 points, five boards, four assists and four steals. Anfernee McLemore added 11 points and five boards.
Tar Heels roll past Huskies
North Carolina earned a trip to the Sweet 16 Sunday with an 81-59 victory over Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels (29-6) outscored the Huskies 40-26 in the second half to pull away. North Carolina shot 32-of-63 from the floor, 9-of-21 from 3-point land plus 8-of-10 at the free throw line. Luke Maye helped pace the Tar Heels with 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point distance plus 3-of-3 at the free throw line. He also brought down 14 rebounds. Nassir Little also scored 20 points off the bench to go with seven rebounds. Coby White contributed 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Cameron Johnson added 13 points, seven dimes and three caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. Auburn is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 Friday games.
The Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last five Friday games.
Auburn is not nearly as good defensively as North Carolina, but can more than hold its own offensively with the sixth-best adjusted offensive efficiency ranking in the country. After the Tigers' convincing win against Kansas, they come into this one with a confident mindset. Back in November, Auburn lost by only six against Duke on a neutral court. Look for the Tigers to be even better today to put a scare into the Tar Heels.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: AUBURN TIGERS +5.5