UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds, Opening Spread, Predictions for March Madness Sweet 16
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UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds
|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.
Projected UCLA vs. North Carolina Odds
|Projected UCLA Odds||-2.5|
|Projected North Carolina Odds||+2.5|
|March Madness projections as of Selection Sunday. Find the latest NCAA Tournament projections here.|
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.
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.