UCLA vs North Carolina Prediction: Will UNC's Offense or UCLA's Defense Win This Matchup?

In one of tonight's Sweet 16 matchups, we have the high-powered offense of North Carolina versus the defense and experience of UCLA. Will offense or defense win tonight? Lightning Locks breaks down the game and shares his pick.
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UCLA vs North Carolina Prediction: Will UNC's Offense or UCLA's Defense Win This Matchup?

The Sweet 16 didn't really live up to its billing so far but we did have some great games with Arkansas and Duke pulling out tight games last night. Tonight we have two more games with pretty much pick 'em lines and we will look into one of them. UCLA and North Carolina, two blue bloods, who have a history of winning this tournament, will go at it tonight in what should be the best game of the evening. We have the high-powered offense of UNC versus the defense and experience of UCLA and this is the best game of the night so let's delve into it.

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UCLA Bruins vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction

This game is a long time coming as they were supposed to play last year but it got canceled because of Covid so now we get it in a much more meaningful game for a chance at the Elite Eight. UCLA is trying to get back into the Final Four for a second year and people are talking about injuries. especially Jaime Jaquez but he said if he can walk he will play and he is one of the anchors of this team.

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UNC is built on offense and something clicked during the Duke game as they went from losing to blowing out Duke and now they are just a few games away from playing each other in the Final 4. UNC was one of the top offenses all year scoring almost 79 a game but they adjusted and played to the team they are playing as they only scored 59 and 63 against defensive teams from Virginia. The difference today is they are playing a very good defense, one that was 45th in the country giving up only 64 points a game and holding opponents to 41% shooting.  

UCLA since February 19th has had 2 totals that were over 140 like today's total against UNC, those two were against Arizona the 3rd best offense, and Washington where the game ended at 126. This team has had games this month where they held teams to 56, 53, 59, and 65. UCLA is all about the defense and if they are going to win they will play their game and UNC was playing great defense against Baylor until one of their best players was kicked out of the game. 

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With James Akinjo and Tyger Campbell running the show these teams will play slow down offense tonight and we feel this game will be played in the 60s. With that being said if UCLA is going to win or if UNC does pull it out we are going to take the under 70.5 for UNC. If UCLA plays like they have all year this game will be more like the Virginia and VT games that UNC played and we feel that this is the best way to play tonight's tight game.

TAKE the under 70.5 TEAM TOTAL for North Carolina tonight and let's see if we get that tight defensive game UCLA is used to and we don't have to sweat out the winner.

UCLA Bruins vs North Carolina Tar Heels Pick

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