College Basketball: Men’s Championship Final Four
ORE vs. UNC
No. 3 Oregon Ducks (33-5) at No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (31-7)
April 1, 2017- 8:49 PM ET (TV CBS) University of Glendale Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Continuing with Final Four Saturday, Game 2 will pit what should be a highly entertaining matchup between the No. 3 Oregon Ducks and No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels with both teams tipping it off around 8:49 PM ET at the University of Glendale Stadium with the betting lines from our best sportsbooks is as follow;
Best Ducks Lines: BetOnline Spread (+5) ML +180
Best Tar Heels Lines: MyBookie Spread (-5) ML -220
Over/Under: 5Dimes 152.5
Making their first appearance in the Final Four since 1939 when they won it all, the surprising Ducks (33-5) will aim to take full advantage of their opportunity but to do so will need to get past a North Carolina team that has been pegged by many to win it all.
Down a big-man in Chris Boucher, the shot-blocking forward who went down with a season-ending ACL injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Ducks will use their athleticism and grit to counter the “old-school” style of play of the Tar Heels (31-7), who remain as the tournaments only blue-blood left in the Final Four.
Oregon will rally behind their MVP in 6-foot-7 power forward Dillon Brooks and 6-9 center Jordan Bell. And it was the play of Bell who helped propel the Ducks over top-seed Kansas with his 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight huge blocks resulting in a 74-60 win in the Elite Eight. Bell won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, while Brooks took home the Pac-12 Player of the Year honors behind 16.3 points per game.
Oregon head coach Dana Altman utilizes a rotation of not more than six players but will that be enough to offset the a North Carolina team playing like a squad on a mission?
One player the Ducks will set their sights on will be low-post big-man Kennedy Meeks, who wreaked havoc on Kentucky with 17 boards and four block shots.
Floor general Joel Berry II has been hampered by two bad ankles and remains questionable for Saturday. Another player the Ducks will need to worry about will be All-America wing Justin Jackson and his 18.2 points per game average.
North Carolina finds themselves back in the Final Four for the second straight year after losing to eventual champion Villanova last season.
Many feel this will be the Tar Heels championship to lose putting all the pressure on the boys from Chapel Hill. For betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for our U.S. players, MyBookie is favoring UNC (-5) points over ORE with an over/under of 152.5 total game points scored from 5Dimes.
Staying with the offenses on this one, I will favor the OVER of 152.5 total game points scored as my betting pick for what will be a good one.