March Madness: North Carolina vs. Kansas player prop bets

Analyzing the North Carolina vs. Kansas matchup and offering up expert picks and predictions on the top player prop bets.

The No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels are set to take on the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks Monday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 2022 NCAA National Championship. Tip is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the North Carolina vs. Kansas player prop bets odds and lines, and make our best picks, predictions and bets.

After a thrilling Duke-UNC battle to close out the Final Four, fans will be gifted with a National Championship between the two hottest teams in America.

North Carolina has battled through No. 9 Marquette, No. 1 Baylor, No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Saint Peter’s and No. 2 Duke. That’s one difficult schedule for the Tar Heels, who did it behind a full effort and dominating rebounding.

Kansas had a relatively easy route, beating No. 16 Texas Southern, No. 9 Creighton, No. 4 Providence, No. 10 Miami and No. 2 Villanova.

The Jayhawks are the favorites and, after destroying a well-coached Nova 81-65, it’s certainly deserved. Behind G Remy Martin and G Ochai Agbaji, the Jayhawks have one of the best backcourts in the nation.

With that in mind, let’s dive into some player props for this high-stakes battle.

North Carolina vs. Kansas prop bets picks

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Kansas F Jalen Wilson OVER 12.5 points (+102)

Jalen Wilson has only hit this number in 2 of the Jayhawks’ 5 tournament games. That’s not the point. The point is how Kansas is going to find its edge, and it might not be just attacking athletic guards like Caleb Love and RJ Davis.

It’ll have success by targeting F Brady Manek. Some argue the Blue Devils lost the game when they went away from attacking Manek.

Wilson will have the opportunity to do just that. He scored 14 and 16 against Creighton and Providence respectfully despite shooting 10-for-30 from the field.

He was just 5-for-19 in the team’s last 2 games as well, scoring a combined 16 points. The shots are there, and given he was a 46.5% shooter this season, the efficiency should climb up against a high-pace Tar Heels team as well.

At this value, Wilson to go OVER 12.5 points (+102) is a great bet.

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Kansas G Remy Martin OVER 2.5 assists (-125)

Remy Martin has had an interesting career, having spent 4 years at Arizona State. There, he averaged 5, 4.1 and 3.7 assists per game over his last 3 seasons.

Injuries have hurt Martin, and it’s caused him to not be a starter. Martin is playing 24.4 minutes per game and averaging 3 assists per game in the tournament, having topping 2.5 in 3 of the 5 games.

Martin is a key playmaker for the Jayhawks and should have the ball in his hands often. Considering Kansas won their last two games by 15+, if this is close, expect Martin to be on the court and having more assist opportunities.

Unless it’s a blowout, he should hit this number.

North Carolina G RJ Davis OVER 1.5 3-pointers made (-130)

Half of Carolina’s dynamic backcourt is Davis, and he’s been instrumental in its success.

Davis’ 3-point prop is a bit pricey, but he’s hit this number in 4 straight games, and he’s taken 5 or more attempts from deep in 13 of the team’s last 17 games.

In the tournament, he’s shot 7 or more 3s in 4 of the 5 games. Davis is going to be a huge factor in this game and has consistently rewarded those backing him.

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National Championship Game: North Carolina vs. Kansas odds, picks and prediction

Analyzing Monday’s North Carolina vs. Kansas NCAA Championship odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The No. 8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (29-9) and No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks (33-6) clash in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game Monday. Tip-off from Caesars Superdome in New Orleans is slated for 9:20 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the North Carolina vs. Kansas odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

North Carolina is unranked nationally and has made the title game as the No. 8 seed from the tournament’s East Region. The Tar Heels eliminated defending champ and East Region No. 1-seed Baylor 93-86 in overtime in the second round.

They advanced to this game after an 81-77 victory over No. 2-seed Duke Saturday. The Tar Heels have averaged 77.8 points per game in going 11-1 since Feb. 19. UNC has out-rebounded foes in all 12 of those games.

Kansas knocked off Villanova 81-65 in Saturday’s semifinal. The Jayhawks — ranked No. 3 in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports — came from the Midwest Region and were the only No. 1 seed to make the tournament’s Final Four. A sharp Kansas defense has held foes to 60.8 PPG on a 35.0% mark from the floor across five games in the tourney.

North Carolina vs. Kansas odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: North Carolina +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Kansas -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): North Carolina +4.5 (-120) | Kansas -4.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 151.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

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North Carolina vs. Kansas odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Kansas 79, North Carolina 73

Money line

North Carolina is a fast team that tends to work advantages against teams that play in a slower lane. While that perhaps benefited UNC against moderately-paced Duke in the Final Four, that’s not the match-up here.

Kansas, which plays at a pace near that of the Tar Heels, has really ramped up its defense — a plenty-good defense to begin with — in the tournament. The Jayhawks have the big veteran bodies to hang with UNC inside, and veteran KU Head Coach Bill Self is no stranger to coaching in big games.

The Jayhawks have done well to display an uptick in forced turnovers and avoiding opponents’ free throws of late. Those factors loom large in perhaps getting this game to the finish line with a 5-to-7-point cushion. I peg KU as a near-70% proposition for the straight win.

TAKE KANSAS (-190).

Against the spread

UNC is perhaps overcooked in the fatigue department after Saturday’s emotional triumph over rival Duke. The Tar Heels’ surge has them also being overcooked a bit in the eyes of the betting public.

Consider some partial-unit action in a mix with the above: TAKE KANSAS -4.5 (-105).

Over/Under

PASS on a well-made number for a game featuring two up-tempo squads.

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National Championship Expert Picks, Predictions: North Carolina vs Kansas

North Carolina vs Kansas: CFN expert picks and predictions for the NCAA Tournament National Championship

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the National Championship between North Carolina and Kansas


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NCAA Tournament National Championship
North Carolina vs Kansas

Line: Kansas -4, o/u: 152

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Kansas
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Kansas*
Pete Fiutak, CFN: North Carolina
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Kansas
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Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN: North Carolina
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.comKansas
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Kansas
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Kansas
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Kansas
CONSENSUS PICK: Kansas

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March Madness national championship first look: North Carolina vs. Kansas odds and lines

Looking at Monday’s North Carolina vs. Kansas NCAA Tournament championship odds and lines. Here’s what you need to know.

Then there were two.

The North Carolina Tar Heels (29-9) and the Kansas Jayhawks (33-6) will meet Monday night in New Orleans for all the marbles. Tip-off from Caesars Superdome is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. ET (TBS). Below, we look at the North Carolina vs. Kansas odds and lines; check back for our college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

North Carolina defeated rival Duke 81-77 in a Saturday night semifinal. The Heels, who were 4.5-point underdogs, have a chance to win their 7th national title in program history Monday. Their last championship was in 2017.

Kansas knocked off Villanova 81-65 in the first semifinal. The Jayhawks covered the spread as 4-point favorites and are one win away from their 4th national championship. They last won it all in 2008.

Kansas, which is ranked No. 3 in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports, was the only No. 1 seed to make this season’s Final Four.

North Carolina is unranked and a No. 8 seed. The Tar Heels eliminated defending champ and the East Region’s No. 1 seed in Baylor 93-86 in overtime in the second round.

North Carolina vs. Kansas odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: North Carolina +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Kansas -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): North Carolina +4.5, -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Kansas -4.5, -105 (bet $10 5to win $100)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 152.5, O: -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | U: -107 (bet $107 to win $100)

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2021-22 betting stats (including postseason):

  • ML: North Carolina 29-9 | Kansas 33-6
  • ATS: North Carolina 21-16-1  | Kansas 20-18-1
  • O/U: North Carolina 22-15-1 | Kansas 21-18

North Carolina vs. Kansas head-to-head

This is the second time the two blueblood programs will meet for the national championship.

UNC’s first title came at the hands of Kansas in 1957. The Tar Heels needed 3 overtimes to beat a Wilt Chamberlain-led Jayhawks squad 54-53.

The two have met 11 times since 1957 with North Carolina holding a 6-5 edge.

However, Kansas has a 4-2 advantage in NCAA Tournament games, including a win in their last meeting, a 70-58 Sweet 16 victory in 2013.

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Final Four: North Carolina vs. Duke odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s North Carolina vs. Duke Final Four odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The North Carolina Tar Heels (28-9) and Duke Blue Devils (32-6) clash in a Final Four showdown Saturday in New Orleans. The rivalry battle at Caesars Superdome is slated for an 8:49 tip-off (TBS). Below, we look at the North Carolina vs. Duke odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Meeting number 257 in this rivalry will be a special one.

North Carolina — the No. 8 seed from the East Region — is the fastest-paced team remaining in the tournament. The Tar Heels have averaged 77.5 points per game in going 10-1 since Feb. 19. Like their foes in this game, they are exceptional in keeping opposing shooters off the foul line. UNC is also a terrific defensive rebounding team; the Heels have out-boarded opponents in 13 straight games.

Duke advanced from the No. 2 seed in the West Region. The 10th-ranked team in the nation won the regular-season crown in the ACC. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski‘s final five in Durham is a young group but one thank ranks among the best offensive teams in NCAA-I. The Devils have shot a robust 53.8% from the field across four tournament games.

Rankings courtesy of the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.

North Carolina vs. Duke odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: North Carolina +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Duke -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): North Carolina +4.5 (-115) | Duke -4.5 (-107)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 150.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)

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North Carolina vs. Duke odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Duke 79, North Carolina 73

Money line

The Heels and Devils split two games in the regular season, with each side winning on the road. North Carolina may have an edge in this pace match-up (fast UNC vs. moderate DU), but Duke has superior efficiency numbers at both ends of the floor. The Devils’ ability to score in and around the paint colors this one with enough Duke leverage to make this line a fair one. But it’s not necessarily a value line: PASS.

Against the spread

UNC is 8-2 ATS across the last 10 meetings between these two sides.

However, peg North Carolina as being due for some 3-point regression after this long layoff and on this big stage. TAKE DUKE -4.5 (-107).

Over/Under

UNC and DU have split eight high-scoring games since 2018-19: The winning score in each of the last six meetings has been 87 points or more. The Over has hit in six straight games.

Both offenses have clicked in the tourney, and Duke has operated at some elevated pace numbers. BACK THE OVER 150.5 (-115).

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Final Four: Villanova vs. Kansas odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s Villanova vs. Kansas Final Four odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions, best bets.

The Villanova Wildcats (30-7) and the Kansas Jayhawks (32-6) meet Saturday in a National Semifinal Game. Tip-off from the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. is scheduled for 6:09 p.m. ET (TBS). Below, we look at the Villanova vs. Kansas odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Villanova heads into the Final Four with the least amount of hype of the four teams in New Orleans. The Wildcats dropped Houston, 50-44, in the regional final, but that victory came at a huge price. Justin Moore, the team’s second-leading scorer in the regular season, suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon. He averaged 15.3 PPG with 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG and a 46.0 FG% in 29 games.

Kansas is the only No. 1 seed in the Final Four. The Jayhawks routed Miami in the regional final, 76-50. KU actually trailed at halftime, but they outscored the Hurricanes 47-15 in the final 20 minutes.

These teams have met six times since March 28, 2008, with Villanova winning four of the past five meetings, while going 5-0 ATS in the previous five outings. The Under is 4-1-1 in the past six in this series, too. Three of those meetings were in the NCAA Tournament, with Villanova winning two of those games.

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Villanova vs. Kansas odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Villanova +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Kansas -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Villanova +3.5 (-105) | Kansas -3.5 (-120)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 133.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Villanova vs. Kansas odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Kansas 71, Villanova 57

Money line

KANSAS (-190) is a little on the expensive side, but if you don’t want to worry about the points, the Jayhawks are worth a look. After losing Moore, Villanova (+155) is lucky to just be here. I feel like this game is going to get ugly rather quickly.

Against the spread

KANSAS -3.5 (-120) is a slam-dunk play in what is basically the undercard in New Orleans to the game everybody is talking about, UNC-Duke. The Wildcats should roll to a victory in the first game, as Villanova +3.5 (-105) is going to have a very difficult time adjusting to life without Moore.

Yes, Villanova has owned Kansas over the years, but the Jayhawks are playing great basketball, and they’re whole. The Wildcats made the Final Four, which is great, but they’re short the second-leading scorer. That’s too much to overcome.

Over/Under

The UNDER 133.5 (-115) is the best play on the board. Again, Moore is out, and that’s a huge chunk of offense missing for Villanova. But even with him in there, the Wildcats hit the Under in six of the past seven games overall, while going 4-1 in the past five NCAA Tournament games. The Under is also 8-1 in the past nine neutral-site outings, too.

The Under is 7-3 in the past 10 games overall for Kansas, while also hitting in seven of the past 10 as a favorite. The Under is 3-1-1 in the past five NCAA Tournament games, too.

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March Madness 2022: Final Four gambling preview

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NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Final Four

The CFN expert picks and predictions for the Final Four NCAA Tournament games.

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Final Four games


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NCAA Tournament Final Four
Kansas vs Villanova

Line: Kansas -4.5, o/u: 132.5

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Villanova
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Kansas
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Kansas
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Kansas
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Kansas
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN: Kansas
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Kansas
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Kansas
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Kansas
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Villanova
CONSENSUS PICK: Kansas

NEXT: Duke vs North Carolina Expert Picks, Predictions

Final Four first look: North Carolina vs. Duke odds and lines

Analyzing Saturday’s North Carolina vs. Duke odds and lines, with college basketball expert picks, predictions and best bets.

The North Carolina Tar Heels (28-9) and Duke Blue Devils (32-6) clash in a Final Four showdown Saturday in New Orleans. The rivalry battle at the Superdome is slated for an 8:49 tip-off. Below, we look at the North Carolina vs. Duke odds and lines; check back for our college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The further we get down the road in these brackets, the more the journey has come to look like the backroads of Carolina. And now we edge closer to a rivalry that dates back more than a century — one with 256 games under its belt. But none like this.

North Carolina — the No. 8 seed from the East Region — is the fastest-paced team remaining in the tournament. The Tar Heels have averaged 77.5 points per game in going 11-1 since Feb. 19. Like their foes in this game, they are exceptional in keeping opposing shooters off the foul line. UNC is also a terrific defensive rebounding team.

Duke has advanced from the No. 2 seed in the East Region. The 10th-ranked team in the nation won the regular-season crown in the ACC. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski‘s final five in Durham is a young group but one among the best offensive teams in NCAA-I. Across four tourney games. the Devils have shot a robust 53.8% from the field.

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North Carolina vs. Duke odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: North Carolina +170 (bet $100 to win $170) | Duke -210 (bet $210 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): North Carolina +4.5 (-108) | Duke -4.5 (-112)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 150.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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2021-22 betting stats (including postseason):

  • ML: North Carolina 28-9 | Duke 32-6
  • ATS: North Carolina 20-16-1 | Duke 20-16-2
  • O/U: North Carolina 20-15-1 | Duke 21-16-1

North Carolina vs. Duke head-to-head

The Heels and Devils split two games in the regular season, with each side winning on the road. UNC and DU have split eight high-scoring games since 2018-19: the winning score in each of the last six meetings has been 87 points or more.

In the all-time series, North Carolina leads 141-115. The ACC foes have combined for 36 Final Fours and 11 national championships, but they have never met in the NCAA Tournament.

Across the last 10 meetings, UNC is 8-2 ATS. The Over has hit in six straight games.

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