Wednesday, May 25, 2022

2022 NCAA Tournament National Championship odds: North Carolina vs. Kansas picks from expert on 54-30 run

The Kansas Jayhawks will play for the title for the 10th time in school history when they square off against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday in the 2022 NCAA Tournament national championship game at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Kansas (33-6) last participated in the contest in 2012 and hasn’t captured the crown since 2008, when it got past Memphis in overtime. North Carolina (29-9) last reached the NCAA Tournament final five years ago and won its sixth title when it defeated Gonzaga.

Tipoff is set for 9:20 p.m. ET. The Jayhawks are four-point favorites in the latest Kansas vs. North Carolina odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 152. Before locking in any North Carolina vs. Kansas picks, be sure to check out the 2022 NCAA Tournament predictions from SportsLine’s Micah Roberts.

Roberts worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for more than 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director. Armed with an unmatched network of sources, the former bookmaker became a SportsLine expert in 2016.

In his last 84 college basketball picks, Roberts is an outstanding 54-30, returning $2,022 to $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Roberts has set his sights on Kansas vs. UNC and just locked in his picks and college basketball predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see them. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for UNC vs. Kansas:

  • UNC vs. Kansas spread: Kansas -4
  • UNC vs. Kansas over-under: 152 points
  • UNC vs. Kansas money line: Kansas -200, UNC +170
  • KU: The Jayhawks are 7-5 against the spread in neutral-site games
  • UNC: The Tar Heels are 6-4 against the spread in neutral-site games

Why Kansas can cover

The Jayhawks are 5-6 all-time against the Tar Heels, but four of their wins have come in the NCAA Tournament. They have won all three meetings in the “Big Dance’ under coach Bill Self, with the most recent victory being a 70-58 triumph in the third round of the 2013 South Regional. After a close call against Providence in the Sweet 16, where they defeated the Friars by only five points, the Jayhawks have beaten their last two opponents by a total of 42.

Kansas was strong from beyond the arc in its 81-65 win against Villanova in the semifinals on Saturday, making 54.2 percent of its attempts (13-of-24). Ochai Agbaji set a Final Four record for 3-point field-goal percentage as he was 6-for-7 for an 85.7 percent success rate. The senior guard, who finished with 21 points, leads the Jayhawks with an average of 18.9 this season.

Why North Carolina can cover

Caleb Love put the Tar Heels on his back in the second half against the Blue Devils on Saturday, producing 22 of his game-high 28 points after intermission. The sophomore guard is second on the team in scoring with an average of 16 points but has recorded 23 or more in three of his five contests in the NCAA Tournament. Love made a trio of 3-pointers in the Final Four triumph, giving him a total of 18 during March Madness.

Sophomore guard RJ Davis scored 18 points against Duke and senior forward Brady Manek added 14. Armando Bacot registered his seventh consecutive double-double with 11 points and 21 rebounds. The junior forward leads the nation with 30 double-doubles and is one away from matching the NCAA single-season record set in 1985-86 by Navy’s David Robinson. Bacot, who plans to play despite hurting his ankle on Saturday, has set a new school mark for most rebounds in an NCAA Tournament with 84 and has pulled down at least 20 in back-to-back contests.

How to make Kansas vs. North Carolina picks

For North Carolina vs. Kansas, Roberts is leaning over on the point total, but he’s also identified a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Kansas vs. UNC spread to back, at SportsLine.

Who wins North Carolina vs. Kansas? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Kansas vs. North Carolina spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who has crushed his college basketball picks, and find out. 

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