North Carolina and Oklahoma will square off today for the right to play the Villanova Wildcats in the Final Four next weekend in Detroit, Michigan. The game between the two squads is set to get underway at 5:05pm ET at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. The South Region battle will be broadcast live on CBS.
North Carolina va Oklahoma Final Four Picks, Odds & Predictions at SBGglobal.com have the Tar Heels listed as a -6.5 against the spread favorite.
North Carolina ran their record to 31-4 on Friday by decimating another NCAA Tournament foe. The Gonzaga Bulldogs played the role of victim this time as the Tar Heels dropped them 98-77. The win was the seventh for UNC in their last eight games and it was also their seventh win in eight neutral site contests this season. Roy Wiliams squad banished Radford and LSU in their first two rounds of tournament action.
The Tar Heels left nothing to chance against the scrappy Bulldogs as they hit 52.9 percent of their field goal attempts and an amazing 11 of their 19 three point shots. They also outrebounded the Zags 40 to 28 and handed out 23 assists. Tyler Hansbrough had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the victory while Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington combined for 38 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Oklahoma looked good in their first two tournament wins, but they looked outstanding in garnering their third Big Dance victory on Friday night. The Sooners tore through a tough Syracuse team 84-71 in improving their overall record to 30-5. With their wins over Morgan State and Michigan in the first two rounds of tournament play, they have now won four of their last five games. Jeff Capel's squad is also 7-1 in neutral site action this year.
The Sooners hit for 54.2 percent against the Orange on Friday evening and they also dropped 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. OU created a 35 to 26 advantage on the glass and they had 19 assists as a team. Star forward Blake Griffin turned in his usual performance, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Guard Tony Crocker, however, had an atypical offensive outburst as he hit 6-of-11 from downtown in route to 28 points.
North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 (-110), Over 164 (-110), -300 (Moneyline)
Oklahoma Sooners +6.5 (-110), Under 164 (-110), +250 (Moneyline)