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UNC vs Kansas Injury Report & Odds Movement

  • The Kansas Jayhawks are 4-point favorites over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship game of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament slated for Monday, April 4
  • Both the Jayhawks and Tar Heels are coming into the game without any serious injuries
  • Kansas (10 games) and North Carolina (five games) are both riding significant unbeaten runs

The Kansas Jayhawks (33-6, 20-19 ATS) and North Carolina Tar Heels (29-9, 21-16-1 ATS) are considered two of the blue bloods of college basketball. However, perhaps the best news for both schools as they ready to clash in Monday’s championship game of the NCAA Tournament is that neither team has spilled much blood.

Both squads are coming into the title game with relative health for all the key elements of their rosters. Oddsmakers appear to be of the belief that this is advantage Kansas.

The Jayhawks are set as 4-point favorites over the Tar Heels. North Carolina are 5-0 against the spread during March Madness. Kansas is listed as the -184 chalk in the latest March Madness odds.

Tipoff for Monday’s game at the Caesars Superdome is set for 9:20pm ET. TBS is carrying the broadcast.

North Carolina vs Kansas Injury Report

Team Player Status Statistics
North Carolina Dawson Garcia Out 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg. 0.7 apg
North Carolina Anthony Harris Out 2.6 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.6 apg
Team Player Status Statistics
Kansas Bobby Pettiford Out 1.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.9 apg
Kansas Kyle Cuffe Jr Out N/A

 

The injuries came relatively early for both the Jayhawks and Tar Heels this season. Kansas lost freshman point guard Bobby Pettiford for the season in late February. He underwent core surgery. Pettiford was averaging just 1.4 ppg. Freshman shooting guard Kyle Cuffe Jr was redshirted in November.

North Carolina announced in January that backup guard Anthony Harris was finished for the year due to undisclosed reasons. Forward Dawson Garcia left the squad in February due to a family medical issue.

Depth A North Carolina Issue

Of that group, Garcia is the most serious absence. The 6-foot-11 sophomore was the only legit backup for post Armando Bacot. Garcia was scoring nine points a game and pulling down 5.5 rebounds for a team with a dearth of bench strength.

In fact, North Carolina’s starters are known as the Iron Five because coach Hubert Davis is so loathe to go to the bench. During their 81-77 semifinal win over Duke, Davis used only three players off his bench for a total of 12 minutes. The Tar Heels got just two points from their bench.

By contrast, Jayhawks sixth man Remy Martin is one of the most talented players on the Kansas roster. The graduate student transfer from Arizona State played 21 minutes in the Jayhawks’ semifinal win over Villanova. Martin scored 23 points in the Sweet 16 against Providence and is averaging 13.3 ppg during postseason play.

Kansas can also draw useful bench minutes from 6-foot-10 big man Mitch Lightfoot. He played 10 minutes against Villanova.

March Madness Betting Line Holding Steady

The Jayhawks opened as the 4-point chalk, so there’s been no line movement whatsoever. The NCAAB public betting splits are of mixed emotions. In spread betting, Kansas is drawing 66% of bets and 61% of handle. The moneyline numbers favor North Carolina in both bets (57%) and handle (58%).

Kansas is 7-2 ATS over the past nine games and suit up Ochai Agbaji, who’s +1200 in the Wooden Award odds. The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS this season when a favorite of four points or less. North Carolina has won outright the last five games in which the Tar Heels were betting underdogs.

If you’re a hunch bettor, on Monday Ontario became the first Canadian province to launch legal and regulated sports betting for private operators. For years, Canadian James Naismith, the founder of basketball, coached Kansas.

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Author: Micheal May