No. 8 seed North Carolina and No. 2 seed Duke face off on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament Final Four game.
The game is scheduled for 5:49 pm MST and can be seen on TBS.
Who will win the game and advance to the national championship game?
Check out these odds, picks and predictions for the contest.
Duke is a 3.5-point favorite in the game.
It is -190 on the money line and North Carolina is +155.
The over/under for the game is set at 150.5 points.
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Sporting News: Duke 86, North Carolina 80
Bill Bender writes: “The hype throughout the week will be over the top, and it won’t be a surprise if both teams feel those early-game jitters. Once that settles, however, this should deliver as an instant classic. North Carolina will lead at halftime behind continued hot shooting from Love, Davis and Manek, and it will be tight heading into the last 10 minutes in the second half. That’s when Banchero and Williams will turn the momentum on both sides with Roach running the show. ‘t be surprised if either Griffin or Moore knocks down the dagger late in a game that matches the hype.
Pete Fiutak writes: “It all comes down to making shots, and Duke does that better. Yeah, Duke got whacked in the last meeting with North Carolina, but it still shot 49% from the field. It’s been forgotten that the Blue Devils hit 58% of its shots in the first meeting in an 87-67 win. Duke has hit 50% or more of its shots in 18 games, in each of the last four, and in eight of the last 12 games. North Carolina is 0 -6 when allowing teams to make 51% or more of their shots, and they’re 10-9 when teams make 44% or more. under 44% just six times. This will be a heavyweight fight that will more than live up to any and all hype and billing. Duke will be relentless with its shooting – and on the free throw line – coming through in the final 90 seconds to survive classic.”
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Fansided: Take the over in North Carolina vs. duke game
Ben Heisler writes: “Despite the Tar Heels’ rediscovery of defense to their repertoire, as well as unders going 10-1 in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds, the over sets up very nicely in Round 3 of this great rivalry. Duke, despite getting beat in at home against the Tar Heels last time out, still dropped 81 against UNC, and has averaged 84 points in both games against them this season. KenPom’s projections have this being an 80-76 win for the Blue Devils, which lines up exactly with the spread and 5.5 points higher than where Vegas currently has it. WynnBET also as of this writing still has it at 150.5, despite the line moving to 151 or higher at several other books. Take the discount while you still can.”
Top Bet: Duke 80, North Carolina 74
It writes: “The final season ride for Mike Krzyzewski is not yet over. Duke is playing at least one more game in March Madness after taking care of business in the Elite Eight round, downing Eric Musselman’s gritty Arkansas Razorbacks in a 78-69 victory Now, they face their most bitter nemesis in the form of the Tar Heels, whom Duke is so familiar with. Duke defeated the Tar Heels, 87-67, on the road back in February but lost in the regular-season finale to the same team at home earlier this month, 94-81. In the win over North Carolina, AJ Griffin led the Blue Devils with 27 points, while Wendell Moore Jr. and Paolo Banchero each had 13. Duke’s offense was flowing smoothly in that game , as they kept on attacking the rim while making sure the floor is spread out by shooting well from deep. The Blue Devils went 9/19 from behind the arc in that contest and it appears that they are still hot from long range. In four games so far in March Madness, Duke has made 39.1 percent of their shots from the 3-point area. Meanwhile, their defense has been terrific as well, holding down their past four opponents to just 42 percent shooting from the floor. Duke is 3-0 against the spread in its last three games overall.”
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Fan Duel: North Carolina has fared well against the spread vs. duke
It writes: “UNC is 101-87 in 188 all-time head-to-head matchups against Duke. UNC defeated Duke, 94-81, in their last meeting on March 5, 2022. The total has hit the under in four of UNC’s last six games. The total has hit the over in each of Duke’s last six games against UNC. UNC is 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games against Duke. Duke is 12-2 straight up in its last 14 games as the favourite.”
ESPN: Duke has a 68.2% chance to win
The site’s Basketball Power Index gives North Carolina a 31.8% chance to win the game.
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