Texas Southern Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, Las Vegas Odds, March Madness Sports betting, Picks and Prediction

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23-11 March 17, 4:00 PM | Bi-Lo Center 27-7
Texas Southern vs North Carolina, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 4:00 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
TV: 4 p.m. ET, TNT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bon Secours Arena – Greenville, SC

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
821 –Texas Southern Tigers +26½ -107 +2500 Ov 154 -110
822 –North Carolina Tar Heels -26½ -113 -10000 Un 154 -110

The Texas Southern Tigers and the North Carolina Tar Heels will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN (23-11): The Tigers are not an elite defensive team as they rank 168th nationally in points allowed per game, but they held Grambling State to 57 points in the SWAC semifinals and limited Alcorn State to 50 to win the tournament title. Kevin Scott had 15 points and 12 rebounds in that one and has really upped his rebounding in the last five games. Zach Lofton leads the team in scoring at 17 points per game but has totaled 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting in the last two contests.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (27-7): The Tar Heels were a surprise No. 1 seed according to some experts after they lost to Duke in the semifinals of the ACC tournament, although they did defeat Wisconsin, Florida State, Notre Dame, Duke and Louisville earlier in the season. Justin Jackson has emerged as the best player on the team – and in the ACC, according to the league’s award voters – after averaging 18.1 points to lead four double-digit scorers for North Carolina. Joel Berry II (14.8 points) has combined with Jackson to make 166 3-pointers, while Kennedy Meeks (12.6 points, 9.1 rebounds) posted 19 points and 12 boards in the semifinal loss to Duke.

Oddsmakers currently have the Tar Heels listed as 26½-point favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total is sitting at 154.

North Carolina has some unfinished business to take care of in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels’ mission to complete their task begins on Friday when the No. 1 seed in the South Region takes on 16th-seeded Texas Southern in Greenville, S.C.

Last season, North Carolina advanced to the national championship game before losing to Villanova on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. This time around, both schools are No. 1 seeds and could potentially meet in the title game once again, but the first step for the Tar Heels is to get past the SWAC champion Tigers. Texas Southern has won nine straight games and certainly won’t be intimidated after playing Arizona, Louisville, Cincinnati and Baylor earlier this season. That said, the Tigers lost each of those games by 20-plus points and may be overwhelmed by a Tar Heels team that has never failed to make the Elite Eight as a No. 1 seed under coach Roy Williams.

Last time out for North Carolina, they were a 93-83 loser as they battled Blue Devils at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -4-point favorite.

Texas Southern won its last outing, a 53-50 result against Braves on March 11. They failed to cover in that game as a -6-point favorite.

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Texas Southern:
Team record: 23-11 SU,3-7 ATS
Current Streak: won 9 straight games.

North Carolina:
Team record: 27-7 SU,18-15-1 ATS
North Carolina is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina’s last 7 games


1. In his last three games, Tar Heels F Isaiah Hicks is averaging 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds on 18-of-25 shooting.

2. In his last five games, North Carolina F Theo Pinson – a key reserve for the ACC regular-season champions – is shooting 7-of-26 with more turnovers (10) than field goals.

3. North Carolina leads the nation in rebounds per game (43.5).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Texas Southern Tigers will cover the spread at +26.5 and the game will go over 154 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: North Carolina 93, Texas Southern 71 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

74.4 PTS FOR 84.9
71.8 PTS AGNST 70.6
2.6 DIFF. 14.3
23.7 DEF REBOUNDS 27.7
11.7 OFF REBOUNDS 15.8
43.2 FG% 47.1
73.3 FT% 70.5
5.8 3 POINTERS 7.2
7.2 STEALS 6.9
No trends to report
North Carolina is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina’s last 7 games
Texas Southern’s Overall Scoring vs North Carolina’s Overall Defense 74.4 150 70.6 131
Texas Southern’s Away Scoring vs North Carolina’s Home Defense 72.8 108 68.3 155
Texas Southern’s Road Rebounds vs North Carolina’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.5 239 30.1 20
North Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Texas Southern’s Overall Defense 84.9 11 71.8 172
North Carolina’s Home Scoring vs Texas Southern’s Road Defense 87.5 15 78.6 262
North Carolina’s Home Rebounds vs Texas Southern’s Road Rebounds Allowed 43.8 2 37.3 243

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