2022 NCAA Tournament: Saint Peter’s vs. North Carolina Elite 8 odds, how to watch, more

Saint Peter's vs. North Carolina Elite 8 odds
Mar 25, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; St. Peter’s Peacocks guard Matthew Lee (15) celebrates with guard Doug Edert (25) and forward Hassan Drame (14) after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers in the semifinals of the East regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center.
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2022 NCAA Tournament Elite 8: Saint Peter’s vs. North Carolina

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Tale of the Tape:

No. 15 Saint Peter’s STAT No. 8 UNC
MAAC Conference ACC
22-11 Record 26-9
66.9 (332nd) Points Per Game 77.5 (40th)
61.8 Points Allowed Per Game 71.7
0.5471 (85th) RPI 0.593 (35th)
212th Strength of Schedule 54th
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Saint Peter’s leaders:

  • Daryl Banks III, G, JR: 11.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG
  • KC Ndefo, F, SR: 10.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.7 BPG


North Carolina leaders:

North Carolina Elite 8
Mar 25, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) and guard R.J. Davis (4) celebrate after defeating the UCLA Bruins in the semifinals of the East regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center/Mitchell Leff-USA TODAY Sports
  • Armando Bacot, F, JR: 16.4 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 58.9% FG
  • Caleb Love, G, SO: 15.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.1 SPG


Elite 8 Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • ATS Record: SPU 19-9-1, UNC 16-16-1
  • Over/Under Record: SPU 11-18, UNC 19-13-1


The Pick

  • This has been pointed out on this site multiple times, but Cinderella Saint Peter’s has been the best team in the NCAA Tournament against the spread this season. How long can they keep it up?
  • The Peacocks’ defense has been its backbone throughout this run. They rank 28th in the nation by KenPom’s metrics thanks to a stout interior defense that has opponents shooting just 35.8% in the paint. They’re not a big team, either, which makes it all the more remarkable. That is, to everyone except Saint Peter’s head coach Shaheen Holloway and his now-famous quote: “I’ve got guys from New Jersey and New York City. You think we’re scared of anything?”
  • To cancel that out, North Carolina will look to keep with its frenetic offensive attack while remaining wary of the Saint Peter’s interior defense. They rank 38th in adjusted tempo and 54th in the nation in three-point percentage at 36.2%.

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