For Saturday, 2000♦ Double-Your-Wager winner is Oregon as the underdog against North Carolina. At 10:05 pm eastern time on Friday night, the Ducks are +5 points in Vegas and offshore.
After watching North Carolina’s games against Kentucky and Arkansas — going to throw out their win over a clearly inferior Butler team — I am convinced that the Tar Heels are just waiting for someone to step up and take them out of this Dance.
That someone could very well be Oregon, as the Ducks have clearly stepped up in the absence of one of their main contributors, Chris Boucher
Dana Altman’s team looked mighty good in taking out the # 1 seed in their region, Kansas last weekend. Even more impressive was the fact that game was basically a KU home game in nearby Kansas City. The Ducks were never really threatened, as they continue to play fearless.
Back to my opening paragraph thought, and that is there is no way in hell the veteran Ducks allow UNC to go on the 12-0 runs that defined their wins over Arkansas – the Hogs allowed 12 unanswered – and over Kentucky – the Wildcats squandered the lead and needed a pair of miraculous three-pointers to keep their hopes alive.
Simply no chance the Ducks will let the Heels do the same to them in this meeting which I expect to be very close.
North Carolina guard Joel Berry II hurt his left ankle in the win over Kentucky, and he has missed practice time this week, so expect a tentative “engine-driver” for the Heels in this game.
Another key factor, and perhaps even bigger is who Roy Williams is going to get to guard Dillon Brooks? Brooks has been a problem for the opposition all tourney long, and figures to be again tonight.
With Oregon on a 17-7-1 spread run their last 25, the points are definitely worth taking out for a drive tonight in Glendale.