North Carolina at UCLA - 3/25/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

North Carolina at UCLA - 3/25/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins (27-7) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (26-9)

Game Info: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 9:39 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels will play the UCLA Bruins in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 26-9 (15-5) this season and have won eight of their last nine games. North Carolina is coming off of an overtime win against Baylor by a score of 93-86 in the round of 32. North Carolina shot 49.1% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the win. R.J. Davis led the Tar Heels with 30 points and 6 assists in the game. North Carolina is averaging 78.5 points per game and is giving up 71.9 points per game against, while also averaging 40.3 rebounds per game and 15.4 assists per game. Armando Bacot is averaging 16.4 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game, while Caleb Love is averaging 15.3 points per game and 3.7 assists per game for the Tar Heels. North Carolina is shooting 45.3% on field goals, 77.2% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers.

The UCLA Bruins are 27-7 (15-5) this season and have won seven of their last eight games. UCLA defeated Saint Mary’s by a score of 72-56 in the round of 32. UCLA shot 56.5% from the field and 44.4% on three pointers in the win. Tyger Campbell led the Bruins with 16 points and 4 assists in the game. UCLA is averaging 75.7 points per game and is giving up 64.2 points per game against, while also averaging 36.7 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Johnny Juzang is averaging 15.7 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. (questionable) is averaging 14 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Bruins. UCLA is shooting 45% on field goals, 73.6% on free throws, and 35.1% on three pointers.

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North Carolina is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog. The over is 11-4 in North Carolina’s last 15 games. UCLA is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. The over is 6-2 in UCLA’s last 8 games. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

North Carolina is coming off of a huge win against Baylor where they ran out to a huge lead and barely hung on to win in overtime. UCLA had some early struggles against Saint Mary’s but dominated the second half. One of the key points of this game is going to be the health of Jaime Jaquez. If he is healthy, I like UCLA to win.

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