How to bet UCLA-North Carolina in the Sweet 16 of the 2022 NCAA Tournament – For The Win

UCLA and North Carolina. There aren’t many schools that capture the greatness of college basketball as much as these two do. In fact, Only Kentucky’s eight national championships fall between UCLA’s 11 and UNC’s six.
It feels weird to learn that the Bruins and Tar Heels have only played one another 13 times in the schools’ histories (10-3 edge to UNC). But go figure — the Bruins and Tar Heels have met just twice in the NCAA Tournament, including a UCLA victory over UNC in the 1968 NCAA championship game.
So what should we expect when these two line it up on Friday in Philadelphia during their Sweet 16 matchup? Let’s take a look.
All odds via Tipico Sportsbook.
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These two schools did meet as recently as 2019, which may feel like forever ago. But, you’ll be surprised to learn about the amount of overlap in between then and now. The matchup included Jules Bernard, Tyger Campbell, Jaime Jaquez and Cody Riley on the Bruins’ side, and Leaky Black and Armando Bacot for UNC. All six of those players will play an important role in Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup, which should be considered as a true toss up.
As you can see from that 2019 game, the Bruins have had their core intact for a while now. Add Johnny Juzang to the mix and you’ve got a five-man lineup that started in the Final Four as recently as a year ago. Such cohesion makes me favor UCLA. Although, Hubert Davis is doing a fantastic job with the Tar Heels and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they continued to play good basketball and win big games.
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Every little thing matters when you get to this point in the season. Let me rephrase that; injuries matter when you get to this point in the season, and UCLA’s second-leading scorer Jaime Jaquez Jr. (14.0 ppg) is considered day-to-day.
Jaquez’s availability will play a big role in this matchup. If you remove him, it’ll be tough for UCLA to keep up offensively with UNC, who is leading this year’s NCAA Tournament in points per game (94.0). A Tar Heel moneyline play feels like the move without his services, especially given that they’ve won 14 of their last 17 games. However, a full-strength Bruins squad is destined to make it back to the Final Four. I stand by that.
Keep an eye on that injury report.
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North Carolina has scored at least 80 points in five of its last seven games and topped 90 points in three of five, including the last two. UNC was also one of the 25 best teams in the nation, prior to the NCAA Tournament, in terms of points per game (78.5) and currently has four players averaging 13.5 ppg.
And despite UCLA’s NCAA tournament struggles on the offensive end thus far (64.5 ppg), they were at 75.7 ppg before the tournament (55th), and still have four players scoring at least 11.8 ppg.
A striking resemblance, right?
These teams know how to put points on the board and surpassing the 141.5 points total at Tipico shouldn’t be an issue for these two.
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