North Carolina at Duke - 4/2/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Duke Blue Devils (32-6) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (28-9)
Game Info: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm (Caesars Superdome)
Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -4 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Duke Blue Devils will play the North Carolina Tar Heels in a Final Four matchup on Saturday night.
The Duke Blue Devils are 32-6 (16-4) this season and have won six of their last seven games. Duke is coming off of a win against Arkansas by a score of 78-69 in the Elite Eight. Duke shot 54.7% from the field and was +9 in rebounding margin in the win. AJ Griffin led the Blue Devils with 18 points and 3 rebounds in the game. Duke is averaging 80.1 points per game and is giving up 67.4 points per game against, while also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 16.6 assists per game. Paolo Banchero is averaging 17.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game, while Wendell Moore Jr. is averaging 13.5 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for the Blue Devils. Duke is shooting 48.9% on field goals, 72.9% on free throws, and 36.8% on three pointers.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 28-9 (15-5) this season and have won 10 of their last 11 games. North Carolina defeated Saint Peter’s by a score of 69-49 in the Sweet Sixteen. North Carolina held Saint Peter’s to 30% shooting from the field and was +16 in rebounding margin in the win. Armando Bacot led the Tar Heels with 20 points and 22 rebounds in the game. North Carolina is averaging 78.1 points per game and is giving up 71.1 points per game against, while also averaging 40.6 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Armando Bacot is averaging 16.5 points per game and 12.8 rebounds per game, while Caleb Love is averaging 15.7 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.
North Carolina is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The over is 6-0 in North Carolina’s last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Duke is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games. The over is 7-1 in Duke’s last 8 games following a win.
This should be a fantastic matchup to watch with Coach K coaching in his last Final Four against Duke’s biggest rival. North Carolina will be looking to spoil Coach K’s last trip to the Final Four. North Carolina has defeated Marquette, Baylor, UCLA, and Saint Peter’s in the Tournament, while Duke has defeated Cal State Fullerton, Michigan State, Texas Tech, and Arkansas. North Carolina is a great rebounding team and will have to control the glass in order to stay with Duke. Both teams push the pace, so we should see plenty of points. I think this game could go either way, so I am taking the points with North Carolina.
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