Marquette at North Carolina: 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Marquette at North Carolina: 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (24-9) vs Marquette Golden Eagles (19-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -4 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Marquette Golden Eagles face off on Thursday in the round of 64 NCAA tournament college basketball showdown at Dickies Arena. When these two teams faced off on February 24th, 2021 it was Marquette that won 83-70. 

Maquette comes into this game with a 19-12 record overall and they have gone 16-15 against the spread. Coming into this game, Marquette has lost two of their last three games including the last game against Creighton where they lost by 11 points. Marquette is averaging 74.4 points while their defense is giving up 70.9 points per game. Forward Justin Lewis has been the top player for Marquette averaging 17.1 points while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is the North Carolina Tar Heels who sit with a 24-9 record overall and they have gone 16-16-1 against the spread. This is a Tar Heels team that had a big win over Duke in the last regular season game, but in their last game overall they lost to Virginia Tech. The offense could only score 59 points and that led to the 13 point defeat. North Carolina is averaging 77.5 points while their defense is giving up 71.7 points per game. Armando Bacot has been the top player for North Carolina averaging 16.5 points while shooting 59.8 percent from the field. 

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Marquette is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games overall. North Carolina is 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games played on a neutral site. The under is 5-1 in Marquette’s last six games played on Thursday. The under is 4-1-1 in North Carolina’s last six games following a double digit loss. 

The trends point towards the under in this game, and it’s going to continue in this game. The biggest issue with both these teams is inconsistent offenses, and I expect they are both going to struggle to score in this game. I expect the pace of this game is also going to slow down, especially because Marquette won’t want to get into a shootout. Back the under. 

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