NCAA Tournament Free Picks – National Title Game
Gonzaga (1) versus North Carolina (1) -1.5 Total: 153.5
It’s no longer March Madness, but the 2017 NCAA Tournament will come to a crescendo on Monday as North Carolina and Gonzaga will face off in the National Title game. The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3. It will be broadcasted at on CBS and tips at 9 EST.
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North Carolina’s Road to the Final
North Carolina has a chance to avenge last year’s National Title defeat against Villanova. Losing the final game of the year in the final seconds will stick with a team all year. The Tar Heels may not only be playing to win the game, but looking for retribution for last year’s loss.
North Carolina hasn’t had a dominant tournament in their quest for a title. They easily took care of Texas Southern in their first action, downing them by a score of 103-64. Things got a little tougher in the Round of 32. They played a tough game against Arkansas, before taking on a talented Butler team, but that ran out of gas late, giving them a 92-80 victory. North Carolina barely won narrowly by a score of 75-73 to advance to the Elite 8.
UNC faced Oregon in the Final Four in what was a sloppy game. Both teams missed free throws down the stretch and failed to grab critical rebounds. Ultimately, the Tar Heels won 77-73 to cash their ticket to the title game.
Gonzaga’s Road to the Final
The Bulldogs were easily the tournament’s most underrated No. 1 seed. There’s reason for that, however. Gonzaga has never made it past the Sweet 16 in school history – until now. They’ve broken that barrier and then some. They’re not a Cinderella by any stretch. Instead, they’re a force in this tournament.
They easily took care of South Dakota State to open the tournament. They had a bit tougher time in the Round of 32 in a tough game against Northwestern, but edged out a 79-73 victory. The Sweet 16 brought one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, West Virginia. They fought hard in a low scoring 61-58 affair to move onto the Elite 8. Their game against Xavier was the most lopsided of the tournament. They took care of the Musketeers with ease routing them in an 83-59 blowout.
The win propelled them to the Final Four where they faced No. 7 Seed, South Carolina. The Gamecocks were the tournament’s biggest surprise this year. Gonzaga started to pull away late in 2nd half, but South Carolina fought back to make it a single digit game. The Bulldogs held on the final minutes to win 77-73.
North Carolina opened as a -2 favorite. Betting action has been mostly even between the two sides. The odds have moved to Tar Heels -1.5 at most sportsbooks as of this writing.
UNC is a fantastic basketball team but I am not sure anyone can stop Gonzaga right now. They have a lot of weapons and as we saw in the 2nd half of their win against South Carolina – they’re finally forcing the ball to their big men when they need a bucket.
The Tar Heels, even with all their talent, won’t be able to match up with their frontcourt. The Bulldogs will get their first championship tomorrow night.
Pick: Gonzaga +1.5