About Oklahoma : Probable Top-5 NBA picks Buddy Hield has showcased his talents in the 2016 NCAA tournament and leads Oklahoma to their first Final Four. The Sooners should have a nice home-court advantage with their campus not far from the Houston arena. Hield demands double teams which frees up the Sooners outside shooters that hit 42.8% beyond the arc. Oklahoma will have the edge under the boards with a 68.4 to 61.9 advantage in rebounds per game.
About Villanova: The Wildcats’ were dominated by the Sooners in early December 55-78 as -5 point home favorites. Villanova appears to be a more seasoned team at this stage with a nice blend of defense, physicality and free-throw shooting and points in the paint. The Wildcats’ weaknesses are depth, reliance on the three-point shot and lack of star power. 6’11” 245 Lb. center Daniel Ochefu is a solid offensive player but is not the type of impact player that Buddy Hield is.
Syracuse vs North Carolina Odds (-9.5 145.0)
About Syracuse 23-13 SU 20-15 ATS: The Orangemen have the height and the defense to keep things close against the top rated Tar Heels. The Orangeman will have the size advantage over the Tarheels with their starting-5 having 1″ edge in height with Tyler Roberson providing a presence in the paint. In two meetings with top ranked North Carolina this season the Orangemen have kept things fairly lose with a -8.0 point margin of loss. Syracuse shooting guard Trevor Cooney has been on fire from three-point range going 7-13 his past four games.
About North Carolina 32-6 SU 19-18-1 ATS: The Tar Heels have been dominant in the tournament with three straight double-digit wins. Projected NBA 1st rounder Brice Johnson is playing stellar basketball at power forward and the N.C. has played near error-free basketball. The Tar Heels will have the major edge in shooting with better free-throw shooters and scoring ability in the paint. N.C. has a slight edge under the glass with a 66.6 to 65.4 edge in rebounding.