Our sports betting guru Ross Benjamin
begins his series of NCAA basketball future betting odds for the upcoming
2014-2015 season. Today’s article will feature his take on the North Carolina
Tar Heels in those regards.
North Carolina Basketball Future Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels will once
again head into a season with high expectations. According to NCAA
basketball betting odds the Tar Heels are listed at 16-1 to win the 2015
NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are coming off a 24-10 season, and advanced to
the “Round of 32” in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, before being eliminated by Iowa
State in a heartbreaking 2-point loss.
The Good and Bad from 2013-2014
The Tar Heels finished tied for 3rd
in the ACC regular season standings with a record of 13-5. Unfortunately they
were eliminated in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals by Pittsburgh. Roy
William’s team posted some impressive non-conference wins early in the year by
defeating Louisville, Michigan State, and Kentucky. They also suffered a pair
of bad losses at the hands of UAB and Belmont.
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Key Returning Players
The cupboard is far from bare heading
into this season at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels return with 4 key performers from
last season. The most important of which is 6’1 junior point guard Marcus Paige
who averaged 17.6 points and 4.2 assists per game a season ago. Paige was a
very good three-point shooter as well converting on 38.9% of his attempts. Roy
Williams will look to play Paige more at the off guard position this season to
relieve him of some of the pressures of playing point guard. Incoming highly
touted freshmen point guard Joel Berry will be counted on heavily in that
regard. How well Berry performs and progresses this season, will determine how
much Roy Williams can utilize Paige at the #2 guard position. Other key
returners include 6’9 junior Brice Johnson (9.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 6’9 sophomore
Kennedy Meeks (7.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and 6’5 junior J.P. Takoto (9.3 ppg, 5.8
rpg). The Tar Heels will also be looking for production from incoming freshmen
power forward Theo Prism, and wing forward Justin Jackson.
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You can do a lot worse than North
Carolina at 16-1 with your NCAA basketball futures sports betting. I look for
the Tar Heels to be in the top 4 of the ACC regular season standings, and to be
a legitimate “Sweet 16” team in the NCAA Tournament at the very least.