In the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the Marquette Golden Eagles. UNC went 24-9 overall and 15-5 when playing ACC opponents. The Golden Eagles went 19-12 in the regular season and 11-8 in conference play. When looking at betting on the first round games, here are the two best player props to consider in this matchup.
No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Marquette player prop bets
Armando Bacot — Over 16.5 points (-125)
Who is guarding this guy on Marquette? Bacot has gone over this number in four of his last five games, and Marquette doesn’t have a front court player that can contain the versatile 6’10 big man. While 6’10 Kur Kuath may get some looks on Bacot, he’s too much of a liability on the other end to stay out there for long.
Justin Lewis — Under 17.5 points (-105)
It’s just a bad matchup for the Golden Eagles, who will need to be guard-oriented to compete today. Lewis is 6’7, but will have a tough time getting stick backs, and don’t look for too many plays to be run for the freshman forward today either.
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