Kentucky vs. North Carolina Elite Eight Odds, Picks, and Preview

The number one seeded North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the number two seeded Kentucky Wild Cats in the Elite Eight South Division match up this Sunday.

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Kentucky vs. North Carolina Expert Picks and Prediction

The Tar Heels are going to be money line betting favourites, giving up 2.5 points on the spread, and both teams will be fighting an over/under number of 158 points. Below you’ll find game picks from NCAA basketball experts at ESPN Sports and betting odds provided by Pinnacle Sports. Pinnacle offers the some of the best deposit methods for Canadian sports bettors. They accept Instadebit, iDebit, Visa, Mastercard, and more. You can visit Pinnacle Sports now by following the banner link below or visit our Pinnacle Sports Review.

The March Madness betting experts at ESPN Sports are almost all in agreement when it comes to this match up. Five out of the six of them are picking the North Carolina Tar Heels to win this game on the spread. The one hold out is Kyle Boon. Boon currently owns the best record on the panel, correctly picking 30 games thus far. According to computer predictions, the Tar Heels will win this game by a score of 77 to 73.

Kentucky vs. North Carolina Preview and Odds from Pinnacle Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are going to be 2.5 point underdogs when they face the North Carolina Tar Heels, but they’re looking a lot better than that line implies. They faced a tough match up with the UCLA Bruins in the round of 16, but escaped from that game with some incredible work on offence. Malik Monk put up a nice helping of 21 points, but he was devastatingly outdone by his own team mate. De’Aaron Fox put up 39 points of his own, hitting 13 of 20 from the field and converting 13 out of 15 from the free throw line. It’s unlikely that we’ll see Fox put up another game like that one, but at the very least Kentucky will be going into this game with a lot of confidence.

The North Carolina Tar Heels were 7.0 point favourites over the Butler Bulldogs when they took them down in their Sweet 16 match up. They won by 12 and were led by Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II who managed to score 24 and 26 points respectively. Where they really excelled in their last game, however, was in the pressure they were able to keep on the Bulldogs’ offence. Even though Butler was able to rattle of 62 shots, the Tar Heels were able to keep them to a conversion percentage of just 43.5%. This will certainly be crucial with just how well Kentucky Wildcats have been performing offensively. These two teams have a fairly healthy rivalry in NCAA play. They’ve met 38 times since all the way back in 1924 and their record sits at 23-15 in favour of North Carolina. In most recent times they’ve met four times since 2011. And even though North Carolina is getting the nod as the favourite in this year’s game Kentucky is the one that’s been getting the better of them lately. They’ve beat them in three out of those most recent four games.

Team Money-Line Spread Total
Kentucky 2.219 +2.5 @ 1.917 Over 158 Under 158
North Carolina 1.729 -2.5 @ 1.970 1.884 1.970