Texas Southern to Cover as Biggest Dog on Board vs. UNC

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:27 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 6:27 PM UTC

The second game in the South Region in the Greenville, S.C. bracket Friday features the largest point spread of the opening round with top-seeded North Carolina a 27-point favorite over No. 16 Texas Southern.

No. 16 Texas Southern vs. No. 1 North Carolina

South Region, Greenville, S.C., Friday, 4 p.m. ET


Texas Southern Breakdown

Texas Southern (22-11, 2-6 ATS) pulled off the double of winning both the conference tournament and regular season titles in the SWAC. This school might have the nickname of Tigers, but they should be known as the "Road Warriors" because they opened the season with SIXTEEN away games and were unafraid to take on Arizona, Louisville and Cincinnati, to name a few. Texas Southern is riding a nine-game winning streak and averages 74.5 points a game; however, it is a meager three-point shooting team at 29.8 percent and averages only six treys a contest.


North Carolina Breakdown

There would seem to be little interest for North Carolina (27-7, 17-15 ATS) in this game with the college basketball odds this much in their favor. The Tar Heels players would never admit it, but they either know or have heard from friends how large a favorite they are. The Tar Heels have every component to win the national championship, but what they have lacked in losing seven times is heart and diligence in tough spots. North Carolina is the complete package, but will the Heels show it in game like this and they are only 4-5 ATS this season when favored by 18 or more.


What To Watch For

This tilt will be on TNT and for college basketball picks, this is one of my "want to" picks. North Carolina has the talent difference to win by 35 points if they want to. My guess is the Heels are sluggish early, put together a couple of 8-0 or 10-0 runs and wins in non-cover situation by 20 to 25 points.

NCAAB Free Pick: Texas Southern +27Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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