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
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.
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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