North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels Office Pool Strategy, Pick, Odds - 2019 March Madness

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When making your March Madness office pool picks, consider the teams carefully.  The UNC Tar Heels, for example, are widely expected to make the Final Four.  Their odds of winning the Championship pay $60 for every $10 bet.


Why They Go Deep

After an initial game against Iona as a -24.5 favorite, UNC plays either Utah State or Washington, neither of which presents a serious threat in the whole scheme of things.  UNC will be a double digit favorite against either of those two teams and Washington probably has no business being in the Big Dance.

The Tar Heels have one of the best back courts in the country and have the ability to blow by defenders.

Oddsmakers tend to shade lines on marquee teams they know are good from the get go like UNC, but remarkably the Tar Heels enter this big dance with a 21-10-2 record Against The Spread.  They have covered in seven of their last ten games.

Why Be Concerned

If a team can find a way to slow them down, UNC might be in trouble. Three of Carolina's five losses this year came when the Heels were held under 70 points.  Aside from Louisville, the other two teams to beat UNC were those ranked among the top 20 including UVA and Michigan.  North Carolina will likely face Auburn.  Games in which Auburn played this season went OVER the total 18 of 35 times, or nearly half the games.  If they can bet past the Tigers, UNC needs to worry about Kentucky as only 12 of 33 games went OVER the total in Wildcats games this season. 

Who They Will Play

Iona in which UNC is a -24.5 favorite.

Odds to win 2019 NCAA Men's Tournament (4/8/19)
Team Odds
Duke 9/4
Gonzaga 5/1
North Carolina 6/1
Virginia 6/1
Kentucky 14/1
Michigan State 14/1
Tennessee 16/1
Michigan 20/1
Texas Tech 25/1
Purdue 28/1
Houston 30/1
Florida State 35/1
Auburn 45/1
Iowa State 45/1
LSU 50/1
Villanova 55/1
Kansas 60/1
Kansas State 65/1
Marquette 65/1
Nevada 65/1
Virginia Tech 75/1
Buffalo 85/1
Louisville 85/1
Syracuse 85/1
Cincinnati 90/1
Oregon 100/1
Wisconsin 100/1
Wofford 150/1
Florida 200/1
Iowa 200/1
Mississippi State 225/1
Maryland 250/1
Central Florida 300/1
Murray State 300/1
New Mexico State 300/1
Seton Hall 300/1
Minnesota 500/1
Oklahoma 500/1
Ole Miss 500/1
Utah State 500/1
VCU 500/1
Washington 500/1
Arizona State 1000/1
Baylor 1000/1
Belmont 1000/1
Georgia State 1000/1
Liberty 1000/1
Montana 1000/1
Northeastern 1000/1
Northern Kentucky 1000/1
Ohio State 1000/1
Old Dominion 1000/1
St. John's 1000/1
Saint Louis 1000/1
St. Mary's (CA) 1000/1
Temple 1000/1
UC Irvine 1000/1
Yale 1000/1
Colgate 2000/1
Iona 2000/1
Vermont 2000/1
Abilene Christian 5000/1
Bradley 5000/1
Fairleigh Dickinson 5000/1
Gardner-Webb 5000/1
North Dakota State 5000/1
Prairie View A&M 5000/1
North Carolina Central 9999/1

- Don Shapiro,

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