New Orleans hosted the NCAA Tournament championship game five times prior to this year, with both the North Carolina Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks appearing in the contest twice. While Kansas lost to Syracuse in 2003 and Kentucky nine years later, UNC won titles by defeating Georgetown in 1982 and Michigan in 1993. The Tar Heels (29-9) look to remain perfect when playing for the crown in the "Big Easy" on Monday as they meet the Jayhawks (33-6) in the 2022 NCAA Tournament championship game at Caesars Superdome. North Carolina earned its 12th trip to the title game by defeating Duke 81-77 in the Final Four, while Kansas will be making its 10th appearance after rolling past Villanova 81-65 on Saturday.
Tipoff is set for 9:20 p.m. ET. The Jayhawks are four-point favorites in the latest Kansas vs. North Carolina odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 151. Before locking in any North Carolina vs. Kansas picks, be sure to check out the 2022 NCAA Tournament predictions from SportsLine's Micah Roberts.
Roberts worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for more than 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos' book director. Armed with an unmatched network of sources, the former bookmaker became a SportsLine expert in 2016.
In his last 84 college basketball picks, Roberts is an outstanding 54-30, returning $2,022 to $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Roberts has set his sights on Kansas vs. UNC and just locked in his picks and college basketball predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see them. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for UNC vs. Kansas:
- UNC vs. Kansas spread: Kansas -4
- UNC vs. Kansas over-under: 151 points
- UNC vs. Kansas money line: Kansas -200, UNC +175
- KU: The Jayhawks are 7-5 against the spread in neutral-site games
- UNC: The Tar Heels are 6-4 against the spread in neutral-site games
Why Kansas can cover
Ochai Agbaji is first on the Jayhawks with an average of 18.9 points and is tied for the team lead in the NCAA Tournament 2022 with 14 per contest. The senior guard was superb from beyond the arc against Villanova, going 6-for-7 en route to 21 points. With that effort, Agbaji became the sixth player in school history with 100 3-pointers in a season (102).
Remy Martin is averaging 8.4 points this season but has turned it up during March Madness, scoring 14 per contest. The senior guard has registered his first two 20-point performances of 2021-22 in the "Big Dance," notching 20 against Creighton in the second round and a season-high 23 versus Providence in the Sweet 16. Senior forward David McCormack has an average of 10.5 points but also has elevated his game in the Tournament as he led the Jayhawks with a season-best 25 on 10-of-12 shooting in Saturday's win over the Wildcats.
Why North Carolina can cover
Armando Bacot, who is expected to play through an ankle injury, is producing a team-leading 16.3 points per game, but of the Tar Heels' top four scorers, he ranks fourth in the NCAA Tournament 2022 at 15.4. The member of the quartet most exceeding his season number is Brady Manek, who is averaging 15.2 points on the season but 20 during March Madness. The senior forward scored a season-high 28 against Marquette in the first round and has converted at least three attempts from beyond the arc in each of UNC's five games.
Caleb Love is scoring 16 points per contest this campaign but also is averaging 20 in the "Big Dance." The sophomore guard set a career high with 30 points versus UCLA in the Sweet 16 and notched 28 against Duke on Saturday, including 22 in the second half. Also a sophomore guard, RJ Davis has averaged 13.5 points in 2021-22 but is contributing 14.6 per game in the Tournament and scored a career-high 30 in the Tar Heels' overtime win over Baylor in the second round.
How to make Kansas vs. North Carolina picks
For North Carolina vs. Kansas, Roberts is leaning over on the point total, but he's also identified a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's only sharing what it is, and which side of the Kansas vs. UNC spread to back, at SportsLine.
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