North Carolina vs Wisconsin March Madness Odds — First Round 2021

Posted By Staff on March 15, 2021 - Last Updated on March 17, 2021

The No. 8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (18-10) are a favorite in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against the No. 9 seed Wisconsin Badgers (17-12) on Friday. The matchup starts at 7:10 PM ET on CBS. Here are insights into this South Region 8-9 matchup to help you fill out your bracket.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 15, 2021, 4:10 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Betting Odds

North Carolina Betting Information

  • North Carolina has managed to cover the spread in less than half its games this season, amassing a record of 13-14-1 against the spread.
  • The Tar Heels have a winning record against the spread when favored by 1.5 points or more, going 11-9-1 this season.
  • Only 13 of 28 North Carolina games this season (46.4%) resulted in a total more than the contest’s over/under.
  • The Tar Heels lost 69-66 to Florida State in their last contest on Friday. Caleb Love totaled a team-high 13 points in the loss. They failed to cover the spread as 2.5-point underdogs, and the teams combined to go under the 151 point total.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

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North Carolina Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Armando Bacot 28 12.3 8.0 0.8 0.6 0.9 0.0
Caleb Love 28 10.5 2.6 3.6 1.2 0.4 1.1
Garrison Brooks 27 10.1 6.8 1.4 0.7 0.8 0.1
Day’Ron Sharpe 28 9.7 7.7 1.5 0.8 0.9 0.0
RJ Davis 28 8.6 2.2 1.9 0.7 0.0 1.1

Wisconsin Betting Information

  • The Badgers hold a losing record ATS this season, covering 12 times and failing to cover 16 times.
  • As at least a 1.5-point underdog, the Badgers frequently have trouble covering with only a 10-11 record against the spread.
  • 14 of the Badgers 28 games (50%) this season have covered the over/under.
  • In their last game, the Badgers got a team-high 19 points from D’Mitrik Trice in a 62-57 loss to Iowa on Friday. They failed to covered the spread as 4.5-point underdogs, and the teams combined to score 119 points to go under the 143.5 point total.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Wisconsin Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
D’Mitrik Trice 29 13.7 3.4 4.0 0.9 0.0 2.0
Micah Potter 29 12.8 5.9 1.2 0.6 0.6 1.2
Brad Davison 29 9.4 3.5 2.3 1.1 0.0 1.9
Aleem Ford 29 8.7 4.1 1.1 0.6 0.6 1.5
Nate Reuvers 29 8.2 3.2 0.7 0.3 1.2 0.6

Total Facts

  • In North Carolina’s matchups this season, the Tar Heels and their opponents have exceeded Friday’s total of 139.5 points 17 times (60.7% of opportunities).
  • 10 Wisconsin games this year (34.5% of its matchups) finished with a final score greater than Friday’s total of 139.5 points.
  • The Tar Heels average 75.7 points per game against the Badgers’ 69.6, totaling 5.8 points over the matchup’s point total of 139.5.
  • These two teams surrender a combined 133.7 points per game, 5.8 points less than this contest’s over/under.
  • The Tar Heels have seen a 145.1 average over/under in their games this season, 5.6 points more than the over/under in this matchup.
  • The over/under for this contest is 5.6 points more than the average over/under in Badgers games this season (133.9 points).

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