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OU vs. UNC Free Pick (Mar. 29)

Oklahoma Sooners (30-5) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (31-4)

2009 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Action
Sunday March 29, 5:05 PM ET
Memphis, TN FedEx Forum – South Region

Oklahoma is an impressive 3-0 ATS in this tournament with an average margin of victory of 17 points. But they are 2-6 on neutral courts as underdogs and 4-12-1 as underdogs between .5 and 6.5. College Basketball Player of the Year Blake Griffin is what makes this team go.He is averaging 30.3 points and 14.7 rebounds a game in the tournament. North Carolina will be able to throw quality defenders such as Tyler Hansborough and Deon Thompson at him to slow him down. OU’s key is to get the perimeter game going to stop the triple teams on Griffin inside.

North Carolina is also 3-0 ATS in the tournament with an average margin of victory of 26 points. They are 7-1 in their last 8 tournament games and 9-3 on neutral courts in the last 12. The Tar Heels are the deeper and more balanced team. They have several players that could put up 20 on a given night. Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington should be able to win the matchup at the guard position.

The in game matchup to watch is the production of Danny Green vs. the Oklahoma 3 point shot. In the sweet 16 OU received a huge lift from Tony Crocker. I think UNC has the athletes to keep up with OU on the perimeter. I look for a close game until mid way in the 2nd half. That is when I expect UNC to pull away. Also, the total of 164 is very high for a college basketball game.

Last Game Out:

Last game for Oklahoma (30-5): Win 84-71 vs. Syracuse
Last game for North Carolina (31-4): Win 98-77 vs. Gonzaga

Betting Lines:

North Carolina -7
Over/Under 164

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