- Duke has opened as a 4.5-point favorite over North Carolina in a NCAA Tournament national semifinal Saturday
- The longtime rivals split two games in the ACC during the regular season
- The winner advances to play Villanova or Kansas for the national championship
Duke has opened as a xxx favorite over North Carolina an NCAA Tournament national semifinal next Saturday at New Orleans as the two backyard rivals meet for the first time ever in March Madness.
Duke (32-6/20-16-2 ATS) has won six of its last seven games and 13 of its past 15. North Carolina (28-9/20-16-1 ATS) is on a run of 10 wins in its last 11 games.
Duke vs North Carolina Odds
|Duke||-200||-4.5 (-112)||Over 150 (-113)|
|North Carolina||+165||+4.5 (-108)||Under 150 (-107)|
Odds as of March 27 at Barstool Sportsbook.
Duke has a 66.67% implied win probability as -200 moneyline favorites.
The winner advances to the championship game to meet Villanova or Kansas on April 4 in the March Madness bracket. Duke is favored to take it all as its odds to win the NCAA Tournament are +175 while North Carolina is listed at +600.
Duke won the West Region as the #2 seed, beating Arkansas 78-69 on Saturday in the final at San Francisco. Despite being seeded eighth, North Carolina captured the East Region by dismantling upstart Saint Peter’s 69-49 on Sunday in the final at Philadelphia.
The teams met twice in the ACC during the regular season with each winning on the road – Duke 87-67 on Feb. 5 and North Carolina 94-81 on March 5 in Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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