North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s odds, prediction, betting trends for 2022 March Madness Elite Eight game

Well. 8 North Carolina meets No. 15 Saint Peter’s in the Elite Eight round of the 2022 men’s basketball tournament Sunday.

The game is at the Wells Fargo in Philadelphia. The game will be televised on CBS.

Saint Peter’s (22-11) continues a historic run as the first No. 15 seed to make the Elite Eight. The Peacocks have taken the tournament by Storm with upset victories against No. 2 Kentucky, No. 7 Murray State and No. 3 Purdue. Coach Shaheen Holloway’s team continues to defy expectations.

DECOURCY: Saint Peter’s enjoys a moment unlike any other

North Carolina (27-9) advanced with a with 73-66 Victory against No. 4 UCLA in the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels are trying to advance to the Final Four for the 21st time in school history and the first time under Coach Hubert Davis.

Here’s everything to know about betting on North Carolina vs. St. Peter’s in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including updated odds, Trends and our Prediction for the Elite Eight game.

North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s odds

  • Spread: -8
  • Over / under: 137
  • Moneyline: TBD

North Carolina opens as a heavy favorite to end the Peacocks’ run, but this line could bump down a half-point before the tip-off given Saint Peter’s underdog track record. For more, check out Sports Interaction.

MORE: History of double-digit seeds in Elite Eight

Three betting Trends to watch

– Saint Peter’s is 23-9 ATS, the best record among any team left in the tournament. The Peacocks have covered in every game of their 10-game winning streak.

– The Peacocks are also 11-3 ATS as an underdog. North Carolina is 13-0 S / U and 11-2 ATS when favored between three and 10 points.

– The Tar Heels are 9-1 S / U and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.

North Carolina key players

North Carolina utilizes a seven-man rotation, and four players can go off on any given night. It was Caleb Love’s turn against UCLA. He scored 30 points and hit six 3-pointers. Armando Bacot, a 6-10 forward, is the Tar Heels’ leading scorer with 16.4 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Brady Manek, an Oklahoma transfer, averages 15.1 points. RJ Davis (13.5 ppg.) And Leaky Black (5.0 ppg.) Round out the starting five. Puff Johnson and Dontrez Styles are role players off the bench.

Saint Peter’s key players

Holloway played 10 players in the Sweet 16 Matchup against Purdue, but six players average 20 minutes or more for the Peacocks. Daryl Banks is a slasher who leads Saint Peter’s with 11.5 points per game. KC Ndefo (10.5 ppg.) Also averages double figures, and Doug Edert (9.8 ppg.), Who has gone viral because of his Mustache, is the third back-court scoring option. Fousseyni Drame and Hasan Drame both average more than five rebounds per game. Clarence Rupert scored 12 points against the Boilers. Matthew Lee and Jaylen Murray also see significant minutes.

Best Individual Matchup: Doug Edert vs. RJ Davis

Edert has hit double-figures in scoring in five straight games, and he’s hitting 44% from the three-point range for the Peacocks in that stretch. When he shoots the ball well, St. Peter’s is in business. Davis shot 3 of 11 in the Sweet 16 round, but he’s a complementary scorer for the Tar Heels’ three Offensive threats. Davis erupted for 30 points in the second-round win against Baylor, too. It’s going to be fun watching those guards work.

North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s stat to know

North Carolina is 34 of 91 (37.4%) from the 3-point range in the tournament. It’s not just Love. Manek and Davis can get hot, and the Tar Heels are going to shoot at a high-volume behind the arc. Saint Peter’s is 18 of 51 (35.3%) from the three-point range, but in a game like this they are going to need to shoot 40% from behind the arc to keep up with the Tar Heels.

Get to know … Daryl Banks, G, Saint Peter’s

Edert gets more attention, but Banks will be on the spot in this game. He’s been on-again, off-again through the conference tournament, but he was 15 of 33 from the floor in the victories against Kentucky and Purdue. He has a mid-range game that will lead to opportunities against the Tar Heels, and he’s an 85.6% free-throw shooter.

North Carolina vs. Saint Peter’s Prediction

These are arguably the two hottest teams for different reasons. The Peacocks have taken the underdog card to the max with Holloway, and they have forced teams to stay patient. The trick will be responding if the Tar Heels come out hot, which is possible given the way Manek, Davis and Love have played in the tournament to this point. The Peacocks were tied with Kentucky and trailed Purdue by four at Halftime. Can Saint Peter’s stay within striking distance into the second half and complete this Miracle run? The Tar Heels will be focused, especially if Duke wins on Saturday. Look for North Carolina to close this one at the line, where they shoot 77% from the free-throw line.

Final score: North Carolina 77, Saint Peter’s 67

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