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Gonzaga versus North Carolina March Madness College Basketball Preview

Gonzaga versus North Carolina March Madness College Basketball

Friday

Time: 9:55PM ET TV: CBS

North Carolina was made a 9-point favorite and the early money was on Gonzaga as the Tar Heels sit as an 8-½ point favorite. This game opened with the highest total as it opened at 162 and the over under currently sits at 163. Gonzaga has shot for a high shooting percentage in the non-conference against Connecticut as the Bulldogs shot 50% in their December 20th meeting. Gonzaga has shot at 47% or better in 8 of their past 9 games. The Bulldogs have been an underdog on 2 occasions this season and won and covered in both contests. Gonzaga is 2nd in the nation in defensive field goal percentage allowing opponents 37.2% shooting on the season. North Carolina holds an offensive rebounding advantage by 4 over Gonzaga. North Carolina Tar Heel’s point guard Ty Lawson missed the team’s first round victory over Radford with a toe injury. Lawson returned to action against LSU in the round of 32 and poured in 23 points with 6 assists in North Carolina’s 14-point victory. The teams met two seasons ago in the preseason NIT in Madison Square Garden with Gonzaga winning 82-74. Both Jeremy Pargo and Matt Bouldin saw action and contributed with double digit scoring. Josh Heytvelt had a great game with 19 points and 8 rebounds against Tyler Hansbrough.

Trend: North Carolina is 5-0 to the under in their past 5 games

The Wagerline consensus has 65% of the bettors on North Carolina -8 1/2.