In his Winfo column this week, Kyle Clifton breaks down both Final Four games. Here’s his writeup and pick on the Oregon Ducks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels matchup.
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In the final matchup of the Final Four, the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Oregon Ducks. I was a huge fan of this Oregon team all season, multiple times blogging about how they are a Final Four team, but I’ll admit I took at least one foot off the bandwagon when they lost Chris Boucher late in the season. Despite my pessimism and thinking they had no chance to beat Kansas, the Ducks now find themselves one game from the Championship.
North Carolina was one of the favorites coming into the tournament, and they haven’t disappointed. They did almost lose to Arkansas in the second round, but they have bounced back to destroy Butler in the Sweet 16 and beat a really talented Kentucky team in the Elite 8.
Oregon is just 3-3 against the spread in the last 6 games, while UNC is not much better at 2-2-2 in their last 6 games against the spread. Oregon has only been going 6 players deep for the most part this tournament, while North Carolina goes at least 7 deep.
Too be honest, I think the National Championship was played in the evening last Sunday when North Carolina played Kentucky. UNC survived that matchup, and I think this current Oregon team is a solid step down from Kentucky. With the spread at just -4.5, I think North Carolina will comfortably cover this.
Kyle’s Pick: North Carolina -4.5