The NCAA Tournament resumes on Thursday with the “Sweet 16 as Washington State looks to continue their run against top-ranked North Carolina. The Sports-Odds.com live lines feed shows that BetOnline.com has the North Carolina Tar Heels –8 point favorites against the Washington State Cougars with a over/under of 142 points.
The Cougars held Winthrop to 11 second-half points in a first-round romp, followed by a statement 20-point win over Notre Dame. Washington State are known for their tough defense, but they may have put in their best effort of the season by shutting down the high-powered Fighting Irish, most notably holding Notre Dame's Luke Harangody to ten points on 3-for-17 shooting.
The three-headed guard combination of Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver and Taylor Rochestie sparks the team offensively, but on defense, everyone gets involved for Washington State.
The Tar Heels have had a relatively easy road thus far, thrashing Mount St. Mary's and Arkansas by an average margin of 35 points. For all the talk surrounding Tyler Hansbrough, the Tar Heels need Wayne Ellington and Danny Green to step up and take some pressure off of the Naismith award finalist. The Tar Heels are 8-point favorites in this tilt, and they should come away with the win as Washington State struggles to deal with perimeter players such as Hansbrough. Get your Free NCAA Basketball Pick in Now!
No.4 Washington State at No.1 North Carolina – 7:27 PM ET
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