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North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s Odds, Opening Spread, Predictions for March Madness Elite 8

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North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s Odds

North Carolina Odds -8
Saint Peter’s Odds +8
Over/Under 133.5
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Opening odds via DraftKings. Find more March Madness odds here.

The Elite Eight is set! March Madness will roll on for No. 8 North Carolina and No. 15 Saint Peter’s when the two meet with a trio to the Final Four on the line.

Find our expert’s projected odds and more about how these teams match up below.


Projected North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s Odds

Projected North Carolina Odds -6.5
Projected Saint Peter’s Odds +6.5
Projected Over/Under 137.5
March Madness projections as of Selection Sunday. Find the latest NCAA Tournament projections here.
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North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s Matchup Matrix

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how North Carolina and St. Peter’s match up statistically. Data via KenPom as of Sunday, March 13:

North Carolina Offense vs. St. Peter’s Defense
Offense
Defense
Edge
eFG% 72 5
Turnover % 60 45
Rebound Rate 89 199
Free Throw Rate 176 348

St. Peter’s Offense vs. North Carolina Defense
Offense
Defense
Edge
eFG% 266 134
Turnover % 310 347
Rebound Rate 64 2
Free Throw Rate 19 10

Pace of Play
Tempo 32 240

More About North Carolina

Kody Malstrom: North Carolina is one of the biggest wildcards in all of college basketball this season.

Winning at Cameron Indoor in Coach K’s last home game was impressive, but dominating the game (per ShotQuality) is even more stunning. The Hells are a talented team, but what makes that result shocking is how their defense performed. Sure, Paolo Banchero had a layup drill anytime he had one-on-one coverage, but that’s the price to pay if it means limiting Duke’s other weapons.

This is still a scorching hot, high-powered North Carolina offense that can shoot its way to a run — or shoot itself into an early exit in a tournament. The Heels can keep up the scoring pace with the best of them, as they rank high in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency.

More About Saint Peter’s

Kyle Remillard: Saint Peter’s own the best defensive efficiency in the MAAC, while allowing just 63 points per game heading into the conference tournament. The Peacocks were also holding opponents to just 31% from 3-point range (42nd) and 46% on 2-point attempts (25th) before tournament play.

Much of that is thanks to one of the top rim protectors in the country in KC Ndefo, who led the conference with 2.5 blocks per game during the regular season.

The defense is undoubtedly elite, but the offense has major question marks.

The Peacocks turn the ball over at a rate outside the top 300 in the country. They were also hitting just 46% of their 2-point attempts heading into the conference tournament, 322nd in the nation at the time. But all those misses have led the Peacocks to grab offensive rebounds at a top-50 rate.

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