- UNC’s Record
- Kansas’ Record
- The Match-Up
- The Prediction
The UNC Tar Heels are set to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in a highly anticipated matchup. Who is favored to win this game?
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s men’s basketball team has an all-time record of 2,297–1,013. Carolina has played in forty-two NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournaments. Their first season was in 1910.
UNC’s record coming into the game
The UNC Tar Heels come into the game against the Kansas Jayhawks with a record of 16-4. This includes an 8-2 record in ACC play. The Jayhawks come in with a slightly better record at 17-3, but they have only played one ACC game so far this season.
UNC’s record against Kansas
The UNC Tar Heels have a long and storied history against the Kansas Jayhawks, dating back to their first meeting in 1926. UNC has had great success against Kansas, winning 71 of their 130 matchups. That includes a streak of 20 consecutive wins from 1997 to 2016. Here’s a look at UNC’s record against Kansas by decade:
Kansas comes into the game against UNC with a record of _____. They have lost _____ games and won _____ games. Their last game was against _____, which they lost _____ to _____.
Kansas’ record coming into the game
The Jayhawks come into this showdown with a 20-6 record. They have loses to Nevada, Duke, Florida, Villanova, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech. Out of those six losses, they were only beaten by double digits once against Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks are currently ranked #9 in the AP poll and #8 in the Coaches poll. They are coming off of a loss to Texas Tech in which they blew a 15 point lead with 5 minutes left. Many people are writing off the Jayhawks after that tough loss, but I think they will be able to rebound against UNC.
Kansas’ record against UNC
Kansas holds the all-time series lead against UNC with a record of 32-14. They have won the last five meetings between the two schools, with their most recent victory coming in 2019 when they defeated UNC 80-67. Kansas is currently ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, while UNC is ranked No. 5.
The Jayhawks come in to the game as the favorite against the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is due to a number of reasons, the most important being that the Jayhawks have a more experienced and battle-tested squad. North Carolina, on the other hand, is a young team that is still trying to figure things out.
The match-up of UNC’s offense against Kansas’ defense
The North Carolina offense averages 82.9 points per game (ranked 7th in the nation) while the Kansas defense allows 60.4 points per game (ranked 49th in the nation). In their last 5 games, UNC has scored an average of 87.0 points per game while Kansas has allowed an average of 66.4 points per game. North Carolina has a big advantage in this match-up as they have one of the best offenses in the country going up against a defense that has been struggling as of late.
The match-up of Kansas’ offense against UNC’s defense
The 2019 National Championship game will be a battle of two great programs. UNC comes in as the favorite, but Kansas is not to be overlooked. Let’s take a look at how the two team’s match-up against each other.
Kansas’ offense is led by their junior guard, Devonte’ Graham. He’s averaging 17.2 points per game and 7.2 assists per game. He’s shooting 40.6% from three-point range and is second in the nation in three-pointers made (96). He’ll be up against UNC’s senior guard, Joel Berry II. Berry is averaging 17 points per game and 3.5 assists per game. He’s shooting 35% from three-point range.
Kansas also has sophomore forward, Lagerald Vick. Vick is averaging 12 points per game and 4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 47% from three-point range (57-for-121). He’ll be up against UNC’s sophomore forward, Justin Jackson. Jackson is averaging 18 points per game and 4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 37% from three-point range (52-for-140).
UNC has the edge in experience with four seniors starting, compared to Kansas’ one senior starter. However, Kansas has more depth with eight players averaging over 20 minutes per game, compared to UNC’s seven players averaging over 20 minutes per game.
In terms of fouls, both teams are fairly even with Kansas having 17 fouls called per game and UNC having 18 fouls called per game. However, Kansas has a higher free throw percentage (74%) than UNC (68%).
From a statistical standpoint, it looks like UNC has a slight edge in this match-up . . . but we all know that anything can happen come tournament time!
The UNC vs. Kansas game is set to be a rematch of last year’s National Championship game. This time, however, the Jayhawks are favored to win by 3 points. The Tar Heels will be looking to prove the oddsmakers wrong and take home the victory. Who will come out on top?
The prediction for the final score
The current prediction for the final score of the UNC vs. Kansas game is Kansas winning by 3 points.
The prediction for who will win the game
The UNC Tar Heels are scheduled to play the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA tournament on Sunday. The Jayhawks are currently favored to win by 5.5 points, but the Tar Heels have been playing well lately and could pull off the upset.