Creighton Bluejays vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Creighton Bluejays battle it out on Sunday with a trip to the Sweet 16 going to the winner. The Tar Heels are -8.5 point favorites over the Bluejays with an over/under point total set at 159.
The North Carolina Tar Heels looked very much like a number one seed in their game on Friday against Vermont and Roy Williams knows his team will need to remain focused if they are going to advance to the second week of the Tournament. UNC led Vermont at the half by 12 and never let up outscoring the Catamounts by seven in the second half to win by 19. Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds, James McAdoo had 17 points and six rebounds, Harrison Barnes had 14 points and six rebounds, and Kendall Marshall had 11 points and 10 assists. As a team North Carolina shot 41.5 percent from the floor 27.8 from beyond the three point arc, and 75 percent from the free throw line. Roy Williams biggest challenge this weekend will be to keep his team focused as they have the talent to play and beat anyone they face.
The Creighton Bluejays were in a battle in their first round game against Alabama but in the end Greg McDermott’s team hung on for the win by the narrowest of margins. Creighton trailed the Tide by seven points at the half but never gave up as they battled back and got the win. Doug McDermott had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Grant Gibbs had 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists, and Ethan Wragge had nine points. As a team Creighton shot 44 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from beyond the three point line, and just 38.5 percent from the free throw line. Creighton has been ranked for the better part of the season and this is a huge opportunity for this program to show they belong.
North Carolina is 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 NCAA Tournament games, 8-3 against the spread in htei rlast 11 games overall, and 5-2 against the spread following a win. Creighton is 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 1-6-1 against the spread following a win, and 11-3-1 against the spread in their last 15 non-conference games.
The total for this one is set at 159 and while both of these teams can score I still have it staying under that number.