The fourth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels will try to avoid the upset bug when they square off against the 13th-seeded Harvard Crimson in a second-round West Region game.
Harvard opened last year’s NCAA Tournament by beating the Cincinnati Bearcats 61-57 as a No. 12 seed and 3-point underdog after topping the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 as a No. 14 seed and 10.5-point dog in 2013. They were dogged by 10.5 points again midweek over at Bodog.
The Crimson won 11 of their last 13 games to make the Big Dance for the sixth straight year. However, they really struggled down the stretch against the spread, covering just one of six as favorites each time. Harvard has not been a dog since edging Yale – a 1.5-point home favorite – 52-50 back on February 7.
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The Tar Heels saw their ACC Tournament run end in the championship game, where they lost 90-82 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 3.5-point favorites. North Carolina had won three in a row both straight-up and ATS prior to that setback along with five of six, as the loss during that stretch came at home against the Duke Blue Devils as 1.5-point chalk on March 7.
Harvard Crimson vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The North Carolina Tar Heels sport a record of 24-11 and 19-15-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Harvard Crimson have 22-7 and 10-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 20-13-1 for the North Carolina Tar Heels and 7-12 for the Harvard Crimson.
The Odds – VSB
Power Rankings have the North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 26 and the Harvard Crimson at No. 45 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.
How Harvard Crimson vs North Carolina Tar Heels Stats Matchup
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature North Carolina’s No. 2-rated squad against Harvard’s No. 130-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, North Carolina rates No. 233 in the country with 4.77 per game, while their foes tonight, the Harvard Crimson rank No. 230 nationally with 4.86 per match.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Crimson got 13 points from Justin Sears as Harvard ran past Yale 53-51 on Saturday at Palestra.
The Tar Heels endured a 90-82 loss at the hands of the Fighting Irish on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Marcus Paige at Greensboro Coliseum.
Harvard vs UNC Betting Trends:
UNC finished year on 7-3 ATS run
Harvard 1-5 ATS final six games of the season
Harvard just 3-10 SU past 13 games as underdog
UNC 8-2-1 ATS past 11 games as double-digit favorite this season
UNC 1-5 ATS past six Madness games
UNC has not lost as first round favorite since 1999 (Weber State)