NCAA Tournament Picks: Betting Odds Predict How Long Each North Carolina Team Will Last

David Lawrence

Friday, March 20, 2015 1:15 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 20, 2015 1:15 PM UTC

The NCAA tournament has six teams from the Carolinas – four from North Carolina and two from South Carolina. How are these teams going to fare when March Madness truly gets underway on Thursday?

1. Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are the one team from the Carolinas with legitimate Final Four aspirations. They are a number one seed, and they have been placed in a region with a team in Gonzaga that is not as strong as some of the other highly-seeded teams in the tournament. Iowa State could be the most dangerous team Duke faces before the Final Four. Possibly facing San Diego State in its second game of the tournament and then either Utah or Georgetown in the Sweet 16 represent a pretty good path for Duke. The Blue Devils haven’t been to the Final Four since they won it all in 2010, but this looks like a year in which Coach K can make a comeback and put his team in the national title game.

Verdict: National Championship Game

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2. North Carolina Tar Heels
While UNC is usually in the thick of the race, the NCAA Tournament odds clearly show that the Tar Heels are not a major Final Four contender this season. This just isn’t a team with enough talent to beat both Wisconsin (Sweet 16) and Arizona (Elite Eight) on the road to Indianapolis, the site of the Final Four this year. However, the Tar Heels can say that they have a good chance to make the Sweet 16. Harvard is not as strong as it was a year ago. North Carolina should be able to win that game. The Tar Heels would then play Arkansas of the SEC in the next game, unless the Razorbacks are upset by Wofford. North Carolina would like its chances against any SEC team other than Kentucky.

Verdict: Out in Sweet Sixteen


3. Davidson Wildcats
The basic reason Davidson is higher than North Carolina State is that North Carolina State must play a number one seed (Villanova) in its second game of the tournament. Davidson would play Gonzaga in its second game, should it get past Iowa in the first game. Gonzaga is that team which often loses earlier than it should in the NCAA tournament. Davidson has a better chance of beating Gonzaga than N.C. State does of beating Villanova.

Verdict: Out in first round


4. North Carolina State Wolfpack
This Wolfpack team has to beat LSU first, but if it does, it would play Villanova in the next round. North Carolina State beat Duke and North Carolina this season, so it has the talent to play with Villanova. The Wolfpack need to be ready to play with a maximum of energy on defense. That’s the big key for them in this tournament. They should beat LSU, but defeating Villanova will be tough.

Verdict: Out in second round


5. Wofford Terriers
This team, located in South Carolina, will be viewed as a possible upset candidate against Arkansas in its first game. Wofford was shaky against Furman in the championship game of its conference tournament, but Wofford should not be nervous in this game. It will have nothing to lose against Arkansas. If Wofford can protect the ball against Arkansas’ pressure defense, it will have a good shot at pulling off the upset. Beating North Carolina in a possible all-Carolina game in the next round would be really hard to do.

Verdict: Out in first round


6. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
The Chanticleers are making their second straight NCAA tournament appearance, and they’ll try to be the first number 16 seed to beat a number one seed when they play Wisconsin. Coastal Carolina pushed Virginia last year in a 16-versus-1 game. If Coastal Carolina can give Wisconsin a similarly tough ride, coach Cliff Ellis’ team will have reason to be satisfied.

Verdict: Out in first round

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