UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds, Opening Spread, Predictions for March Madness Sweet 16

UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds, Opening Spread, Predictions for March Madness Sweet 16 article feature image

Tom Pennington/Getty Images. Pictured: Brady Manek.

UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds

UCLA Odds-2.5
North Carolina Odds+2.5
Odds via FanDuel. Find our expert's projected odds below.

After four days of madness, the 2022 NCAA Tournament rolls into the Sweet 16, where No. 8 UCLA will face No. Lower North Carolina. Find our expert's projected odds and more about how these teams match up below.

Tourney Promos: Claim $3,000+ and FREE Uber Eats!

Bet $10, Win $200 on any ML!

Get a $250 Uber Eats gift card!

… and more!

Projected UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds

Projected UCLA Odds-2.5
Projected North Carolina Odds+2.5
Projected Over/Under142.8
March Madness projections as of Selection Sunday. Find the latest NCAA Tournament projections here.
The ultimate CBB betting cheat code

Tail the sharpest bettors in the world

Profitable data-driven system picks

Model predictions for every game

More About UCLA

Stuckey: You know these Bruins. Johnny Juzang, Tyger Campbell, Jaime Jacquez and Co. went from the play-in game to Final Four last year, where they took Gonzaga to the brink. Well, the whole band is back together and ready to make a deep run.

Ranking in the top 15 in both offensive and defensive efficiency per KenPom, they fit the profile of a legit national title contender. They don’t play particularly fast under Mick Cronin, as you might expect. And they simply do not beat themselves, ranking fifth in the country in turnover percentage.

This is the anti-analytics team as they live in the mid-range, ranking outside the top 300 in rim-and-three rate, but they live there efficiently.

UCLA has dealt with a number of bumps and bruises late in the year, so keep an eye on the Bruins’ health. But at full strength, this team could get back to the Final Four in New Orleans.

The must-have app for college basketball bettors

The best NCAAB betting scoreboard

Free picks from proven pros

Live win probabilities for your bets

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.

If the defense can continue to help the offense, North Carolina becomes an intriguing futures piece.

How would you rate this article?

This site contains commercial content. We may be compensated for the links provided on this page. The content on this page is for informational purposes only. Action Network makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the information given or the outcome of any game or event.