North Carolina Tar Heels vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 3/25/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina (+2)
The North Carolina Tar Heels (26-9) are en route to Wells Fargo Center on Friday where they will compete against the UCLA Bruins (27-7). North Carolina is 2-point dogs. The total has been set at 138.
The North Carolina Tar Heels faced off with Baylor and earned the victory with a final of 93-86 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Tar Heels finished with 26 and Baylor recorded 27 fouls. They also buried 9 of their 37 shots from beyond the perimeter. Baylor shot 77.8% when shooting free throws by making 21 of 27 attempts. Additionally, Baylor snagged 36 rebounds (15 offensive, 21 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Baylor doled out 11 assists and had 10 steals in this matchup. In terms of the defense, North Carolina allowed their opponent to shoot 34.6% from the field on 28 out of 81 shooting. They also doled out 22 assists for the game while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 41 with 7 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Tar Heels knocked down 26 of their 37 attempts for a rate of 70.3%. North Carolina walked away from the contest with a 49.1% field goal percentage (28 out of 57) and buried 11 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc.
RJ Davis is one player who was a major factor in the game. He walked away from this one shooting 47.1% from the floor and also recorded 6 dimes. He played for 45 minutes played and totaled 5 boards. He ended up scoring 30 points on 8 of 17 shooting.
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North Carolina heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 26-9 on the season. They are losing possession via turnover 11.9 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 14.6 fouls per game. As a unit, North Carolina is pulling in 40.3 rebounds per game and has accumulated 540 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 19th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Tar Heels are connecting on 36.4% on three-point attempts (297 of 815) and 77.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.5 points per game (25th in the nation) while connecting on 45.4% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Tar Heels have forced 10.1 turnovers per game while drawing 16.6 fouls. They rank 303rd in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 453 surrendered this year. The Tar Heels are allowing a FG percentage of 42.8% (943 of 2,204) and they relinquish 32.4 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 34.1% from 3-point land and they are ranked 253rd in college hoops in opponents points per game (71.9).
When they last played, the UCLA Bruins got the victory with a final of 72-56 against St. Mary's. In relation to how they attacked the glass, UCLA permitted St. Mary's to pull down 24 in all (8 offensive). They finished 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). The Bruins allowed St. Mary's to convert 20 out of their 49 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.8% for the game. When this game wrapped up, the Bruins ended up shooting 26 out of 46 from the floor which had them shooting 56.5%. When talking about shots from downtown, UCLA made 4 of their 9 attempts (44.4%). They were able to convert 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. St. Mary's had 16 fouls for this game which took the Bruins to the free throw line for a total of 19 shots. They turned the ball over 5 times, while getting 3 steals in this matchup. The Bruins collected 20 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 24 in the matchup.
Jules Bernard was important for the Bruins in the matchup. He tallied 14 points in his 31 mins of playing time and accounted for 4 assists in the matchup. He buried 5 of 9 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 55.6%, and had 5 rebounds.
UCLA has a win-loss mark of 27-7 this season. The Bruins have committed 16.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.2% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 14.0 times per contest (108th in Division 1) and they turn the ball over 9.0 times per contest. UCLA has earned 2,573 pts for the season (75.7 per game) and they pull in 36.7 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bruins are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which ranks them 116th in the nation.
The UCLA defense allows 32.1% on 3-point shots (228 of 711) and opponents are knocking down 72.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 11.6 assists and 32.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 100th and 87th in college hoops. The Bruins are ranked 38th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 64.2. They are able to force 13.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (89th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Carolina (+2)
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