Check out our Miami vs. UNC betting picks and odds for the NCAA tournament Midwest Region opening-round game that will take place in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC, on March 17, 2022.
UNC -2 (-110)
Over 139.5 (-110)
The USC Trojans and the Miami Hurricanes will face each other in one of the least predictable matchups of the first round. UNS is coming off a pretty good season finishing third in the Pac 12 conference with 26 wins and 7 losses. The Trojans haven’t been at their best lately as they have lost three of the last four games. They were eliminated in the conference semifinal after losing 69-59 to the city rival UCLA Bruins. Still, the Trojans are a rock-solid team ranked among the top 15 teams in rebounding and allowing less than 39% shooting from the field. The Trojans are a two-point favorite going into this game and will have no trouble covering it.
The Hurricanes finished fourth in the ACC with 23 wins and 10 losses. Miami is a die-hard team ready to fight against anybody. They got the best out of Duke in the ACC semifinals losing to the Blue Devils 80-76. The Hurricanes ranked 330th in the nation in the opponent’s field goal percentage of 46.3% which will play a huge role in this game as the Trojans can score heavily pretty much against anybody.
A Little Background on our Miami vs. USC Picks
USC is a 2-point favorite going into the game against Miami with the margin being moved from -1 when the bracket was originally set. The Trojans have covered the spread in the last 4 NCAA tournament games going in as favorites and in 7 of the last 8 tournament games in general. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, have covered the spread only once in the last 7 tournament games.
When it comes to the over and under pick, both teams have complete opposite records. USC has played under in the last 6 games on a neutral field and in 5 of the last 8 games against eams with a winning record over 60%. Miami though has played over the point margin in 7 of the last 8 games going in as an underdog on a neutral field and in 11 of the last 14 tournament games. The over/under margin is set pretty low at 139.5 points and given the Hurricane’s offensively oriented game, this one will definitely go over.