Just a few weeks ago, some were doubting whether or not the North Carolina Tar Heels would even make the tournament. Well, that was then, and this is now, and the Heels will be playing for the National Championship on Monday night in New Orleans against the Kansas Jayhawks. Let’s have a final look of North Carolina and Kansas so you can make your bets against their NCAA Basketball National Championship Odds.
Last-minute National Championship Betting Prediction | Kansas vs North Carolina
North Carolina, an #8 seed, advanced to the title game with a hard-fought victory over their bitter rivals, the Duke Blue Devils. Ironically enough, it was North Carolina who ended Mike Krzyzewki’s storied coaching career.
The Kansas Jayhawks, the only #1 seed to advance to the Final Four, defeated a pesky Villanova squad to advance to the championship game.
Kansas has been on a roll throughout the NCAA Tournament, and the oddsmakers have made the Jayhawks a 4.5-point favorite. This is Bill Self’s 19th season at Kansas, and he has won one national championship with the Jayhawks.
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Analysis
This is the 16th time in school history that the Jayhawks have been in the Final Four. This will be their 10th national championship game. As we mentioned before, Bill Self’s squad won a national championship in 2008, and they will be playing for the fourth title in program history.
David McCormack also had a great game against the Wildcats. While Remy Martin didn’t play well against Villanova, he has been a huge part of the Jayhawks’ run. They’re a very versatile team, and any number of players can light up the scoreboard on any given night.
North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Analysis
This is the 21st time, which leads all NCAA schools, that North Carolina has advanced to the Final Four. The Tar Heels will be looking to win their seventh national title. It would be quite the story if first-year head coach Hubert Davis could win a title in his first season leading the team.
Armando Bacot has been huge for the Tar Heels throughout the postseason. The post player has been especially good on the glass, grabbing 21 boards against Duke.
Even though he rolled his ankle late in the game, we anticipate him playing on Monday night. The hot shooting of Brady Manek, RJ Davis, and Caleb Love, who had 28 points against Duke, have sparked the Heels.
Heading into the title game, the Jayhawks have won 10 games in a row. In those ten games, they’ve gone 7-3 against the spread.
The Tar Heels have been good in their last ten games as well, as they’ve gone 9-1 straight up and against the spread. So, these numbers don’t give us much help when looking to make our prediction.
In looking at both teams, we like the Kansas Jayhawks to win this one. Their defense was stellar against Villanova, and they can score in a variety of ways.
With Bacot’s ankle being an issue, we don’t think that the Tar Heels will have enough firepower to beat Kansas.
While we like Kansas to win, we see this one being very close. Kansas wins by less than 4.5 points.