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WILDCATS: (-1, O/U 146) Kentucky is 1 win away from their first Final Four berth since 1998, which coincides with the last time they won the NCAA Championship. The Wildcats are playing their best basketball of the season right now, as Ohio St. can attest. Buckeyes Coach Thad Matta said Kentucky was the best team they had faced all season. Kentucky is 28-8 SU and 15-15-1 ATS overall this year. The Wildcats are 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in neutral court settings this season. Kentucky is 7-10-1 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. The biggest difference since they faced North Carolina earlier this season is that the Wildcats have learned how to win close games. PG Brandon Knight is coming off a game winning shot over Ohio St, and he'll take that confidence to the court tonight. Knight is averaging team highs of 17.2 PPG and 4.2 APG this season for Kentucky. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The Wildcats are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS win. Kentucky is 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the ACC.
Projected Score: 71
Wildcats are 7-2 ATS last 9 NCAA Tournament games as the listed favorite.
Under is 4-0 last 4 games following an ATS win.
TAR HEELS: North Carolina has already beaten Kentucky once this year, so they will have plenty of confidence when they take the court tonight. The Tar Heels are coming off an emphatic 81-63 SU win over Marquette. The final score doesn't do the Tar Heels justice, as they dismantled the Golden Eagles. North Carolina scored over 80 points yet again in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are 29-7 SU and 16-16-1 ATS overall this year. North Carolina is 7-4 SU and 3-6 ATS in neutral court settings this season. The Tar Heels are 3-2 ATS as the listed underdog this year. North Carolina has already made history in this years NCAA Tournament, as they made their 25th Sweet Sixteen appearance. F Harrison Barnes is one of the best freshman in the country, and he's averaging a team high 15.6 PPG for North Carolina this season. F John Henson has been amazing in the paint this year, as he's averaging team highs of 10.1 RPG and 3.3 BPG, along with 11.9 PPG this season. The Tar Heels are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games against the SEC. North Carolina is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win. The Tar Heels are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 Sunday games. North Carolina is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning SU record.
Projected Score: 76 (SIDE of the Day)
Tar Heels are 11-3 ATS last 14 NCAA Tournament games.
Under is 7-3 last 10 neutral site games as the listed underdog.
RAMS: VCU is one win from an improbable Final Four run. The Rams were lucky to even make the field of 68, which resulted in them beating USC for the right to play in the tournament. NCAA Tournament officials received alot of flak regarding the admission of VCU into the Tournament. The Rams have proven that they belong, as they have played scintillating defense while getting some timely offensive production. VCU held off Florida St. in their Sweet 16 game, winning 72-71 SU in overtime. The Rams have been the listed underdog in all 4 of their NCAA Tournament games. VCU is 27-11 SU and 17-20 ATS overall this season. The Rams are 9-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in neutral court settings this year. VCU is 10-4 ATS overall as the listed underdog this season. The Rams are trying to become the latest CAA team to make an unbelievable run to the Final Four. It seems like just yesterday that George Mason was battling for the right to play in the National Championship. F Jamie Skeen leads the Rams with 15.1 PPG and 7.3 RPG overall this season. G Bradford Burgess is averaging 14.4 PPG and 6.2 RPG for VCU this year, 2nd on the team in both categories. The Rams are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games. VCU is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning SU record. VCU is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win.
Projected Score: 64
Rams are 8-0 ATS last 8 NCAA Tournament games as the listed underdog.
Over is 10-2 last 12 games following a SU win.
JAYHAWKS: (-11, O/U 146) It's been a great combination for Kansas during the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are widely considered the best team in the country, and they've yet to be even tested. If you add up the number (seeds) through the Championship game, Kansas will have faced the easiest path in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are the lone remaining #1 seed left in the Tournament. Kansas is 35-2 SU and 18-16-1 ATS overall this season. The Jayhawks are 9-0 SU and 5-4 ATS in neutral court settings this year. Kansas is 14-11 ATS as a double digit favorite this season. The Jayhawks dominated Richmond in the Sweeet Sixteen, their first ATS win as a double digit favorite in their past 6 tries. F Marcus Morris is averaging a team high 17.1 PPG this season for the Jayhawks. His brother, F Markieff Morris, is averaging 13.6 PPG and a team high 8.2 RPG this season. The brothers both shoot better than 57% from the field, a big reason the Jayhawks lead the nation with a 51.4% field goal percentage.
Projected Score: 74 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite between 7 and 12.5 points.
Under is 13-3 last 16 NCAA Tournament games.