Ohio vs North Carolina Picks, Spread, and Review


Ohio (29-7 SU/15-13 ATS) is this year’s Cinderella team after the Bobcats advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 62-56 win over South Florida as +2 point underdogs last Sunday.

Walter Offutt scored a game-high 21 points as Ohio earned a trip to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. D.J. Cooper added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Ohio, which became the first No. 13 seed to reach the Sweet 16 since Bradley in 2006.

Ohio is also just the fourth 13th-seed all-time to reach the Sweet 16. The Bobcats, who opened the tournament with a 65-60 upset against fourth-seeded Michigan, will make their first trip to the round of 16 since they lost to the Wolverines in the regional finals in 1964.

Ohio was outscored 32-12 in the paint, but was able to get past South Florida with its perimeter shooting, as they ended 8-of-19 from long range, while holding USF to just 2-of-15 from beyond the arc.

North Carolina (31-5 SU/21-15 ATS) is off an 87-73 win over Creighton as -8½ point favorites. Kendall Marshall scored 18 points to go along with 11 assists as North Carolina advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years.

However, the win came at a cost after Marshall suffered a fractured right wrist in the game and his status for the remainder of the tournament is in doubt. Harrison Barnes added 17 points and John Henson, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, played his first game of the tourney because of a sprained left wrist and contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the top-seeded Tar Heels.

North Carolina reached Sweet Sixteen for an NCAA-record 31st time and improved to 107-40 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a stellar 49-9 mark as a No. 1 seed.

Ohio is 9-0 ATS in non-conference games and 21-11 ATS as an underdog. The Bobcats are also 17-8 ATS against winning teams and 4-1 ATS in NCAA Tournament games.

North Carolina is just 1-5 ATS against teams from the MAC, but the Tar Heels have excelled in the NCAA Tournament, going 13-4 ATS. And also note #1 seeds which are favored by -11 points or less are 18-6 ATS in the Sweet 16.

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