College Basketball Matchup at a Glance
- Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
- Date & Time: March 19, 2017 at 6:10 PM EST
- Point Spread: North Carolina -11 (Bookmaker)
- Total: 161.5 (Bookmaker)
- Quick Pick: Bet North Carolina -11 (Knup)
In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, out of the South Region, the Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. The winner of this game will move to the Sweet 16, and take on either Butler or Middle Tennessee State. The Razorbacks won their first round tournament game 77-71 over Seton Hall. Arkansas is 26-9 on the season.
The top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels are 28-7 on the season. The Tar Heels are coming off a blowout win over Texas Southern, where they scored 103 points. The Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. North Carolina is a big favorite in this game. At Bookmaker, the North Carolina Tar Heels are -11 over Arkansas.
Tar Heels Powerhouse Offensively
The North Carolina Tar Heels are an absolute powerhouse on the offensive end. The Tar Heels poured in 103 points in the first round win. The Tar Heels during the regular season, scored more than 84.9 points per game. Justin Jackson is the top scorer for North Carolina, with more than 18 points per game.
North Carolina won the Atlantic Coast regular season, but fell to Duke in the conference tournament. The Tar Heels are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 48th time. North Carolina has 117 wins in the tournament in program history. The Tar Heels are seeking their 20th trip to the NCAA Final Four.
Razorbacks Big Underdogs
The Arkansas Razorbacks know they are massive underdogs in this game. The Razorbacks have 26 wins, and finished in a tie for second out of the SEC. Arkansas won 8 out of their last 10 games before the tournament got underway. The last two losses for the Razorbacks came to Florida and Kentucky.
The top scorer for Arkansas this season has been guard Dusty Hannahs. He is scoring 14.6 points per game for a team that is averaging 80.2 points per game. Arkansas is in the NCAA Tournament for the 31st time in program history. With the win on Friday, Arkansas is 42-30 in tournament history.
Tar Heels Blow out Razorbacks
Do not look for the North Carolina Tar Heels to back down at all. The Tar Heels are on mission since losing in the national championship a season ago. North Carolina can really turn the heat up, and when they do you are in trouble. North Carolina may score close to 100 points again in this game.
Arkansas had a pretty good season for head coach Mike Anderson, but this is where it comes to an end. The Razorbacks are going to have a tough time keeping up with the bigger, faster, stronger and more talented Tar Heels. The final bet for this game is the North Carolina Tar Heels -11 at Bookmaker.