|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe Ohio Bobcats have been one of the top upset stories in the NCAA Tournament. The thirteenth seed Bobcats will be facing their toughest challenge yet as they enter the Sweet Sixteen in the Midwest region.
They will be taking on the top seed North Carolina Tar Heels. The game will be held tonight at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome and will be airing on TBS.
The Ohio Bobcats are out of the MAC and reached the NCAA tournament by winning their conference championship. The Bobcats finished 29-7 in the regular season but were only third in their division in the MAC. The Bobcats have single-digit victories over Michigan and South Florida so far in the tournament.
A peculiar point about the Bobcats is that they faced only three NCAA tournament teams during the regular season. They beat Lamar and UNC Asheville but lost to Louisville. Junior guard D.J. Cooper has been working hard for the Bobcats in recent games with strong performances like a 19 point, 7 assist and 6 rebound effort against South Florida this past Sunday.
The North Carolina Tar Heels were the top team in the ACC during the regular season this year. The 31-5 Heels beat both Vermont and Creighton by more than 15 points each during the tournament. However, guard Kendall Marshall suffered a wrist injury and had to get surgery on it during the Heels' game with Creighton. Marshall is not expected to play. This is an issue for UNC because Marshall leads the team with 9.8 assists per game.
The Tar Heels still have sophomore forward Harrison Barnes to help out. Barnes has 17.4 points per game, thus making him third in the ACC this year. Junior forward John Henson led the ACC this year with 10.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.
North Carolina is the favorite in the college basketball odds but there are no guarantees they will win judging by the unusual ways how the tournament has gone this year. The Heels are -11 favorites and have a 143 over/under on the game.