National Championship Vegas Odds & Free NCAAB Picks: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Monday, April 03, 2017
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#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels

National Championship Vegas Odds & Free NCAAB Picks: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels

Bulldogs: 37-1 (12-0 N)
Tar Heels: 32-7 (10-2 N)
When: 9:20 PM ET, Monday, April 3, 2017
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
TV: CBS

The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs will attempt to win their first NCAA Tournament Championship in school history as they get set to meet another top-ranked rival in the likes of the North Carolina Tar Heels in a huge Finals showdown set to be staged on Monday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The two finalists are not accustomed with one another but the Tar Heels are certainly familiar with being in the Finals unlike the Bulldogs.

The Tar Heels will look to avenge their defeat to Villanova last year and win their sixth NCAA Championship. The Bulldogs escaped a close affair against South Carolina to finally win their first and only Final Four game on Saturday but North Carolina staved off a last minute surge by Oregon with a game-ending offensive rebound to capture the game by a measly point. Indeed, the Tar Heels were saved by what they do best, which is succeed off the boards.

The Bulldogs are no slouch either as they sit sixth in the country in that department but it is their defense that could make the difference in the title game as they yielded more than 9 points per game fewer than the Tar Heels this season but let us not forget that the Tar Heels play in the ACC, which is arguably the best conference in the Division I while Gonzaga still have to carry the load of competing in the “weak” WCC conference.

Nevertheless, the two schools deserve to compete for the title as they have dominated both their respective divisions to get where they are on Monday night. While the Bulldogs will be bright-eyed by the euphoria of a Championship chance, the Tar Heels have already felt the bitterness of defeat and that sole experience will motivate them not to reprise another similar fateful episode. Gonzaga made great strides to get to where they are but they will have to wait.

BetOnline has the North Carolina listed as 1½-point favorites and the game's total is sitting at 153½.

#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels National Championship Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
602 Gonzaga
152½
601 North Carolina
-2
  Moneyline
+105/-125

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North Carolina was a 77-76 winner in their most recent outing at home against Ducks. They failed to cover the -4.5-point spread as favorites.

Gonzaga was a 77-73 winner in its last match at home against Gamecocks. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites.

#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels National Championship Vegas Odds & Trends

Gonzaga:
Current Streak: won 8 straight games.
Gonzaga is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Gonzaga's last 10 games

North Carolina:
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
North Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Free NCAAB Picks: North Carolina -1½ at BetOnline

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