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Final Four: Oregon Ducks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels – April 1, 2017

Dillon Brooks of the Oregon Ducks

The Final Four is all set and we are taking a look at one half of the games in Oregon vs. North Carolina. These two played each other back in 2008 with the Tar Heels winning in blowout fashion by the score of 98-69.

Oregon Ducks Tough As Underdogs

Dillon  Brooks of the Oregon Ducks

Dillon Brooks of the Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks are in the Final Four. They advanced after defeating the #1 seed Kansas Jayhawks 74-60. Oregon’s path to the final four started by beating Iona in the first round by the score of 93-77. They then went on to beat Rhode Island in a much closer game 75-72. In the Sweet 16, they defeated the Michigan Wolverines by one point 69-68.

Oregon is now 33-5 SU and 21-15-1 ATS. They have won 9 out of their last 10 games SU but only have covered 4 games in that span of games. If you go back a little further, you will find that the Ducks are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Ducks are tough to bet against in the NCAA Tournament as a underdog as they are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games in the Big Dance when getting points. Outside the Big Dance, the Ducks are 38-16 ATS in their last 54 games as underdogs.

Oregon is a very well rounded team. Their offenses ranks 49th in the D-I with 78.9 points per game. Their defense is ranked 35th in D-I only allowing their opposition to score an average of 65.5 points per game.

Tar Heels Offense Is Good As Any Team In NCAA

North Carolina advanced to the Final Four by beating Kentucky on a last second shot 75-73. The Tar Heels probably had one of the easier paths to the final four beating Texas Southern, Arkansas, Butler and of course, Kentucky.

The Tar Heels are currently 31-7 SU and 19-15-3 ATS. NC have won 8 out of the last 10 games SU and are 5-3-2 ATS. The Tar Heels have faired well against the Pac 12, going 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall against the Pac 12 Conference. The Tar Heels are especially tough when playing on neutral court. This year they are 9-2 ATS on neutral courts and overall, they are 21-7-3 ATS in their last 31 games played on neutral courts.

The Tar Heels rely on offense. They are the 9th ranked offense in the NCAA averaging 85.2 points per game behind leading scorer Justin Jackson, who is averaging 18.2 points per game. Overall, the Tar Heels have 4 guys averaging double digits in scoring. Jackson, Joel Berry II, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks are all scoring at least 12.3 points per game.

Ducks Advance To College Basketball National Championship Game

North Carolina is a good team but as we seen throughout the tournament, the ACC isn’t a good conference this year. The Tar Heels are reliant on their offense and when they meet up with a team that can play defense, they are bound to struggle. Oregon just so happens to play tough defense. Oregon will come out and play tough defense and can bang out shots in the paint. This game will come right down to the final minute and we have Oregon Winning the game!

  • Pick: 3 Unit Play on Oregon Ducks +4.5