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March Madness 2009 will see 4-seeded Gonzaga take on 1-seeded North Carolina, who opened as an 8-point March Madness betting chalk.  The Gonzaga Bulldogs opened March Madness 2009 with a 77-64 win over Akron as they failed to cover the March Madness betting board as 13.5-point chalks for a really bad beat.

The game went over the total of 133.  Josh Heytvelt led the Zags in scoring with 22 points.  Free throw shooting is always a factor when “dancing” and that will certainly be the case in March Madness 2009  Gonzaga shot an impressive 84% from the charity stripe against the Zips.

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In their next March Madness 2009 matchup the Zags needed a basket in the finals seconds to defeat Western Kentucky 83-81 as they failed to cover as 11-point chalks.

Freshman Demetri Goodson’s game winning drive and score saved the season as Western Kentucky tied the game with just 7 seconds remaining for one of the most breathtaking finishes so far in March Madness 2009.  Matt Bouldin led the Zags in scoring with 20 points as the game went over the total of 146.5.

Things have been far less dramatic for the North Carolina Tar Heels so far in March Madness 2009.  North Carolina scored an easy March Madness betting win in their opening “dance” by a score of 101-58 as 25-point chalks over Radford.  Wayne Ellington scored 25 points to lead Carolina as the game snuck under the total of 162.5.

In the next round of March Madness 2009 the Tar Heels took care of the LSU Tigers 84-70 as 12.5-point chalks as the game went under the total of 159.  Ellington again came up big with 23 points and Ty Lawson also had 23, to lead Carolina in scoring for the game.

Lawson is a sharpshooter and entered March Madness 2009 as the top player in field goal percentage for the Tar Heels.  He is also one of the better “quarterbacks” for March Madness 2009 as he led the team in assists.

Carolina has the offensive edge in this March Madness 2009 matchup but Gonzaga is the better defensive team.  Rebounding could be the deciding factor and that edge belongs to Carolina.

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