Marquette Golden Eagles vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3-17-22

Marquette Golden Eagles vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Marquette Golden Eagles vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The 9th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East) will battle the 8th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC) in the 1st round of Men’s Basketball Championship- East Region at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on Thursday at 4:30 PM ET.

 

Marquette ended the regular season with an overall record of 19-12 but kneeled to Creighton in the quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles lost five of their last eight contests including an 11-point defeat versus the Creighton Bluejays on March 10.

 

Marquette is in 6th place at 11-8 in the Big East Conference with a 19-12 overall standing and a 4-7 road record on the year.

 

The Golden Eagles’ defense had difficulty in stopping the offense of the Bluejays after allowing them to shoot 49.1% from the field and 41.2% from long-range in scoring 74 total points after 40 minutes of hard court action. Guard Darryl Morsell scored 18 points and Forward Justin Lewis added 17 with 7 boards in leading Marquette.

 

Forward Justin Lewis led the Golden Eagles in scoring with an average of 17.1 PPG and in rebounding with an average of 7.9 RPG while Guard Tyler Kolek led Marquette in assists with an average of 5.7 per match.

 

The Marquette Golden Eagles scored an average of 74.8 PPG on 45.5% field-goal, 34.8% from the rainbow territory, and 74.3% from the charity stripe while giving away an average of 70.8 PPG on 40.8% FG.     

 

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Marquette Golden Eagles vs North Carolina Tar Heels Predictions 3/17/2022

 

The 8th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels are playing hot in heading their way to the big dance with an overall record of 24-9 after beating Duke at 94-81 in the end-game of the regular season.

 

The Tar Heels extended their winning streak to six after a 20-point victory over Virginia in the quarterfinals but ended their streak after losing the semi-final round to Virginia Tech at 59-72 on March 11.

 

The 8-seed North Carolina took 2nd place at 15-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an overall standing at 24-9 and a road record of 8-3 on the year.

 

The Tar Heels’ offense struggled in getting through the Hokies’ defense after shooting just 36.7% from the floor and only 11.5% from the three-point range in their 13-point loss. Forward Armando Bacot nailed a double-double of 19 points and 14 boards with 2 assists for UNC.

 

No.8 North Carolina recorded an average scoring of 78.6 PPG in shooting 45.8% overall, 37.4% from beyond the perimeter, and 77.0% from the free-throw line while allowing their rivals an average scoring of 72.6 PPG on 43.6% overall shooting.

 

Forward Armando Bacot carried the load for the Tar Heels with an average scoring of 16.5 PPG and pulled out an average of 12.5 RPG while Guard Caleb Love chipped in 15.4 PPG with a team-high 3.8 APG.    

 

No.9 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. no.8 North Carolina Tar Heels. The NCAAB Pick in this match-up is North Carolina -3.5. The Tar Heels are still hot in coming to this NCAA Tournament after winning six consecutive games.

 

UNC also has a stronger offense that averages 78.6 PPG to outmatched Marquette with just 74.8 PPG to win the opening round of the tournament. Prediction: The North Carolina Tar Heels will win at 79-74.    

 

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Marquette Golden Eagles vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 4:30 PM ET

 

Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX

 

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

 

TV: TBS

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -3.5          

 

NCAAB Totals: 152

 

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