North Carolina Tar Heels vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 4/4/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Monday, April 4, 2022
Location: Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina (+4)
The Kansas Jayhawks (33-6) will try to beat the North Carolina Tar Heels (29-9) at Caesars Superdome on Monday in the NCAA National Championship game. North Carolina is 4-point dogs. The total is set at 152.5.
The North Carolina Tar Heels faced off with Duke and took home the win by a score of 81-77 in the Final Four. North Carolina finished with a 42.2% FG percentage (27 out of 64) and converted 10 of their 26 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Tar Heels knocked down 17 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 48 with 15 of them being offensive. They also dished out 7 assists for the contest while forcing 4 turnovers and getting 2 steals. With respect to the defense, North Carolina allowed the other team to go 41.7% from the field on 30 out of 72 shooting. Duke recorded 12 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. In addition, Duke grabbed 38 boards (13 offensive, 25 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Duke ended up going 60.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 20 attempts. They buried 5 out of their 22 shots from downtown. With respect to personal fouls, the Tar Heels ended up walking away with 19 while Duke finished the game with 18 personal fouls.
Caleb Love is one player who was a major contributor for the matchup. He finished shooting 55.0% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. He played for 40 minutes and totaled 4 rebounds. He ended up scoring 28 points on 11 of 20 shooting.
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North Carolina comes into this contest with a record of 29-9 on the season. They are turning it over 11.6 times per game and as a group they are committing 14.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, North Carolina is collecting 40.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 573 assists on the campaign, which is 14th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Tar Heels are hitting 36.1% on shots from distance (323 of 894) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They average 78.1 points per outing (28th in the country) while connecting on 45.1% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Tar Heels are able to force 9.7 turnovers per game and they draw 16.6 fouls. They concede 33.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 242nd in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.3). The Tar Heels are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.5% (1,019 of 2,398) and they surrender 32.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 340th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 487 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks got the victory with a final of 81-65 when they played Villanova in the Final Four. The Jayhawks earned 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 35 for the matchup. They gave up possession 8 times, while recording 4 steals in this game. Villanova committed 11 personal fouls for the contest which took the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They were able to convert 10 of the free throw tries for a rate of 83.3%. In relation to 3-point shots, Kansas knocked down 13 out of their 24 tries (54.2%). When the game finished, the Jayhawks finished the game shooting 29 out of 54 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.7%. The Jayhawks permitted Villanova to knock down 22 of their 57 attempts from the floor which had them at 38.6% for the game. They went 41.9% from three-point range by going 13 out of 31 and finished the game at 8 of 10 from the free throw line (80.0%). In relation to how they rebounded, Kansas allowed Villanova to snag 28 overall (12 offensive).
David McCormack was important for the Jayhawks in the matchup. He scored 25 points in his 29 mins on the court and had 1 assist in the game. He made 10 of 12 for the contest for a field goal rate of 83.3%, and had 9 rebounds.
Kansas has a win-loss record of 33-6 so far this season. When it comes to offense, the Jayhawks are hitting on 47.9% from the field, which is 17th in the country. Kansas has accumulated 3,057 pts for the campaign (78.4 per game) and they average 37.9 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.4 times per contest (38th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.2 times per game. The Jayhawks commit 15.9 personal fouls every game while shooting 72.1% from the free throw line.
The Jayhawks on the defensive side of the court are 118th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.2. They have forced 12.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.9% from the field (49th in college hoops). The Kansas defense allows 30.1% on 3-pointers (245 of 815) and opponents are making 71.5% of their foul shots. They have given up 11.9 assists and 32.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 117th and 68th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas (-4)
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