Washington Vs. North Carolina Predictions | March Madness Round 2 Betting
9 Washington Huskies Vs. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Preview
It took North Carolina a little work to get rid of Iona, but eventually, they found their game. Now, the Tar Heels hope to build off their win when taking on the Washington Huskies in the second round. North Carolina started the game cold with very little intensity on offense against Iona. The five-point deficit at the half took us all by surprise. The Tar Heels eventually posted a 55-35 run the second half, but they failed to cover the spread as 24.5-point favorites by winning 88-73.
I would be surprised if North Carolina starts the game against Washington as slow and without urgency as they did against Iona. The Tar Heels allowed 15 three-pointers from the Gaels; it was the most they had given up in an NCAA game. The Tar Heels are 11.5-point favorites at MyBookie.ag to win this matchup in the second round over the Huskies. The betting line opened at 11.5-points and hasn’t had any movement. Although, 58% of the money is coming in on North Carolina’s side.
Washington took care of the Utah State Aggies in the first round thanks to 20 points and nine rebounds from senior Noah Dickerson. Sophomore Jaylen Nowell added 19 points. The Huskies were 3.5-point underdogs against the Aggies. Money line wise the Tar Heels have an 89% chances to win this game outright, according to the betting odds set by MyBookie.ag. It’s pretty much a given that they will advance to the Sweet Sixteen considering how good they have been throughout the season. The problem comes when the Tar Heels have such a slow start like they had against Iona. Washington’s implied probability of winning this game is around 14%.
The Huskies have reached the Sweet Sixteen in three of their last six seasons. However, last year they were victims of North Carolina in the second round. Every year and every season it is a far different one from each other, but it’s notable that the Huskies gave the Tar Heels quite a matchup, losing only by three points in 2018. The Huskies remain a long shot to win the March Madness tournament at 150/1.
But they proved against Utah State, both the oddsmakers and the committee made a mistake underestimating them. To be fair, Washington did have a poor showing against Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament losing by 20, but the NCAA tournament is a different animal. I’m taking North Carolina to win and advance, but Washington should be in this game until the end, covering as a dog. The Tar Heels are the better team, but the Huskies have unfinished business from last season. They are ready for a fight. What’s the play? Washington +11.5
Spread: North Carolina -11.5
Money line Washington +600 vs. North Carolina -850
Game total: 148
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Game time: 1:40 PM ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
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