North Carolina vs Baylor 3/19/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/18/2022 at 8:55 PM ET

Round two of the NCAA tournament kicks off Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, TX as the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Baylor Bears. North Carolina comes into round two riding high as of late after winning seven of the last eight games played including a 32 point blowout win of Marquette in round one. Offensively North Carolina was dominant making 45.9% of their shots and 37.1% from beyond the arc you scored 95 total points in 40 minutes.

Brady Manek was on fire for the entire game against Marquette scoring 28 points to go along with 11 rebound on 10 to 15 shooting in 33 minutes on the floor. Caleb Love was the motor within the offense with 23 points, while big man Armando Bacot scored 17 points to go along with ten rebounds in 28 minutes. Puff Johnson added eleven points to lead the way off the bench.

The Baylor Bears come into round two as the number one seed in their bracket following a blowout win of Norfolk State in round one. Baylor beat Norfolk State 85-49 after shooting 57.4% from the floor and 40.7% from beyond the arc. Matt Mayer led all scorers for Baylor with 22 points in 27 minutes on the floor.

Baylor has been a strong offensive team this year averaging 76.8 points per game on 46.7% shooting. LJ Cryer leads Baylor as one of three players averaging double figures scoring 13.5 points per game on 47.6% shooting. Adam Flagler is second on the team scoring 13.3 points to go along with a team high 5.8 assists.

North Carolina comes into this game hungry as they are a heavy underdog against the number one seed. Look for North Carolina to use the better offense and their overall size and depth to keep things close throughout. Baylor should do enough down the stretch to get the win, but North Carolina will make enough shots to stay within the number. Final Score Prediction, Baylor wins but UNC covers 81-77.

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