The second game of the day on Friday from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte features the Lipscomb Bison and the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is the 15 seed in the West against the 2nd seed. The winner of this game will take on the winner or Providence and Texas A+M on Sunday. The Lipscomb Bison come into the game with a 23-9 record, and were postseason winners of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.
For North Carolina – they are 25-10 coming into this game. The Tar Heels went to the ACC title game, only to fall to Virginia. North Carolina finished third in the ACC regular season. North Carolina is the defending NCAA Champion after beating Gonzaga in the title game a season ago. The North Carolina Tar Heels are -20 over the Lipscomb Bison on Friday.
Tar Heels Seeking Back to Back Titles
The North Carolina Tar Heels really only have one bad loss on their resume this season. North Carolina lost at home to Wofford in December. The Tar Heels beat Duke two out of three times this season as well. North Carolina is one of the top scoring teams in all of College Basketball. The Tar Heels are scoring 82 points per game, led by Luke Maye. Maye is scoring 17.2 points per game.
The Tar Heels are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 49th time in school history. North Carolina has won 123 tournament games, and been to the Final Four 20 times in school history. The Tar Heels come into the tournament as the top rebounding team in the nation.
Bison Love to Score
The Lipscomb Bison scored 108 points in the conference tournament championship game over Florida Gulf Coast. The Bison love to get the basketball up and down the court, scoring more than 82 points per game. The Bison are also a solid rebounding team with 39 rebounds per game. The top scorer for Lipscomb this season has been guard Garrison Mathews with 22.1 points per game.
During non conference play, the Bison lost back to back games at Alabama and Texas, which were the big games. They also then lost at Tennessee a little later in the season. The Bison went through the conference season splitting their two games with Florida Gulf Coast. This is the first ever NCAA Tournament trip for Lipscomb.
Tar Heels Blast Bison
The North Carolina Tar Heels are going to win this game, and win it big. The Bison do not want to play in an up and down, fast pace style basketball game against the Tar Heels. They are going to lose that battle. North Carolina is a great offensive team, and will show that in this game on Friday. When you place your NCAA Tournament bets – be sure to take the North Carolina Tar Heels over the Lipscomb Bison. Bet on the North Carolina Tar Heels -20 over the Lipscomb Bison on Friday in 1st Round action in the NCAA Tournament.