North Carolina Basketball Looks to Buck Historic Trend for No. 1 Seeds

March 21, 2024, Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Cormac Ryan (3) drives against
March 21, 2024, Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Cormac Ryan (3) drives against / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, is set to face No. 9 seed Michigan State in the Round of 32, but will have to overcome some history in over to do that. 

The Tar Heels have proven its an elite team and Final Four contender all season, but do face a stiff test in Michigan State, a talented team that failed to live up to its billing as a top five team that it was dubbed in the preseason. The betting market indicates a tight game, and maybe some history as well. 

Michigan State vs. North Carolina Odds, Spread and Total

North Carolina Tries to Make History in Round of 32

While rare, the Tar Heels are in an unfortunate position in the eyes of college basketball betting historians. The seed line shows a gap between the two, but the analytical profile of each shows some difference. 

However, the Tar Heels are more than equipped to match the Spartans, as noted in our betting preview with two top 10 defenses in the eyes of KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency, as noted in our betting preview. 

Can UNC buck the trend in front of the likely skewed crowd in favor of the Tar Heels in Charlotte, North Carolina? Bet on it at FanDuel Sportsbook, who is giving new users $200 in bonus bets when they win their first bet of just $5 after opting in below.

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