Bet on March Madness brackets failed to include the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels who ended up instead in the NIT March Madness betting brackets. For those who bet on March Madness the absence of North Carolina was stunning as they have been a perennial national championship contender and one of the most popular teams to bet with the March Madness betting line.
North Carolina had a humiliating regular season in which they broke even at 16-16 straight up while being one of the biggest money losers on the board as a consistent overlay all season long. North Carolina now has a bet on March Madness record of 19-16 straight up and a still dreadful 11-20-1 against the spread.
The Tar Heels have covered their last two games in the NIT, however, for those who bet on March Madness with them. North Carolina’s NIT opener was an 80-72 home win over William and Mary in which they failed to get the money for handicappers that bet on March Madness with them as 9-point chalks.
Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 20 points and 8 rebounds while John Henson had 10 rebounds. North Carolina next scored their first bet on March Madness payout in a 76-74 thriller at Mississippi State as 7.5-point dogs. William Graves led the Tar Heels with 17 points while Henson added 12 points and 8 rebounds.
North Carolina had their ticket punched for Madison Square Garden, New York, with a 60-55 win at Alabama Birmingham as 4.5-point dogs. Thompson and Henson each had 14 points while Larry Drew II added 11. Thompson was a top Windex man as he cleaned the glass with 12 rebounds. Drew added 6 assists.
The Tar Heel defense held the Blazers to under 29% shooting from the floor. The NIT has given the Tar Heels a chance to remove the bitter taste of a failed season from their mouths and give them momentum heading into next fall.