Kentucky Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, Las Vegas Odds, Elite 8 Sports Betting Lines, Picks and Prediction

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KENTUCKY WILDCATS NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
32-5 March 26, 5:05 PM | FedExForum 30-7
Kentucky vs North Carolina, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 5:05 PM ET, Sunday, March 26, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
723 –Kentucky Wildcats +2.5 -110 +130 Ov 160.5 -110
724 –North Carolina Tar Heels -2.5 -110 -150 Un 160.5 -110
 

The Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at FedExForum.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (32-5): The Tar Heels start four forwards that measure 6-6, 6-8, 6-9 and 6-10, so the Wildcats need to counter that with their superior guard play. Kentucky still needs strong performances in the middle from 6-10 freshman forward Bam Adebayo and 6-9 senior forward Derek Willis, their only two starters down low. They didn’t hold up well against UCLA’s size, combining for 10 points and 12 rebounds, and the Wildcats didn’t receive any help up front off the bench.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (30-7): Like many of the high school All-Americans who sign with North Carolina, Kennedy Meeks wasn’t expected to stick around for four years, but the senior forward made the decision to keep coming back and might be the biggest difference-maker in this game. Meeks is not only 6-10, but weighs 260 pounds and should be able muscle his way loose down low against the Wildcats. He played only 20 minutes before fouling out in the earlier meeting against Kentucky, but still scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, numbers that figure to improve if he can stay on the court.

Oddsmakers currently have the Tar Heels listed as 2.5-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 160.5.

Two of the most successful programs in college basketball history meet Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., and the South Region game between top-seeded North Carolina and No. 2 seed Kentucky also serves as a rematch of one of the best games this season. The Wildcats beat North Carolina 103-100 on Dec. 17 in a one-day showcase in Las Vegas as Malik Monk scored 47 points, a freshman record at Kentucky, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left.

Both teams faced challenging roads to this point – especially Kentucky, which beat third-seeded UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen 86-75 on Friday night, getting 39 points from freshman guard De’Aaron Fox and some redemption after the Bruins went to Kentucky and beat the top-ranked Wildcats earlier this season. Kentucky also won games by single digits over Northern Kentucky and Wichita State in the first two rounds of the tournament, so the Wildcats should be prepared for a close battle against North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat fourth-seeded Butler 92-80 in the Sweet Sixteen and their two leading scorers, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, came through with big games, scoring 24 and 26 points, respectively. Kentucky is well aware of the duo as Jackson, a 6-8 junior forward, scored a career-high 34 points against the Wildcats in December, and Berry, a 6-foot junior guard, scored 23.

In their last action, North Carolina was a 92-80 winner at home against Bulldogs. They covered the -7-point spread as favorites.

Kentucky was a 86-75 winner in their most recent outing at home against Bruins. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs.

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Kentucky:
Team record: 32-5 SU,18-17-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 14 straight games.
Kentucky is 7-13-2 ATS in its last 22 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kentucky’s last 10 games

North Carolina:
Team record: 30-7 SU,20-16-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 6 games
North Carolina is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Kentucky

NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. Kentucky is the NCAA leader in all-time victories (2,239) and North Carolina is third (2,203), and the Tar Heels appeared in the most Final Fours (19) with the Wildcats third (17).

2. Kentucky and North Carolina meet in a regional final for the fourth time with the Wildcats prevailing 76-69 in 2011 in the most-recent meeting.

3. The Tar Heels have a plus-47 rebounding margin through the first three games of the tournament.

Vegas Coverage picks and prediction:
Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels will cover the spread at -2.5 and the game will go over 160.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: North Carolina 88, Kentucky 85 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
KENTY TEAM UNC
85.2 PTS FOR 85.2
71.4 PTS AGNST 70.5
13.8 DIFF. 14.7
27.5 DEF REBOUNDS 27.9
12.4 OFF REBOUNDS 15.8
47.5 FG% 47.2
70.6 FT% 70.5
7.0 3 POINTERS 7.2
6.0 STEALS 7.1
BETTING TRENDS
KENTUCKY
No trends to report
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 6 games
North Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 6 games when playing Kentucky
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Kentucky’s Overall Scoring vs North Carolina’s Overall Defense 85.2 10 70.5 130
Kentucky’s Away Scoring vs North Carolina’s Home Defense 83.3 4 68.5 156
Kentucky’s Road Rebounds vs North Carolina’s Home Rebounds Allowed 40.7 5 29.8 18
North Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Kentucky’s Overall Defense 85.2 9 71.4 156
North Carolina’s Home Scoring vs Kentucky’s Road Defense 87.7 14 75.8 196
North Carolina’s Home Rebounds vs Kentucky’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.0 2 37.2 238
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
KENTUCKY
No trends to report
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina leads the league in rebounds at 43.7.

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