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DTM’s College Hoops NCAA Tourney Final Four Special | ORE vs. UNC

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NCAA TOURNEY FINAL FOUR – NATIONAL SEMIFINAL

#3 Oregon Ducks vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels

 

When: 8:49 PM ET, Saturday, April 1, 2017

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

America’s Bookie Line: North Carolina -5 Total: 152

TV Coverage: CBS

 

By Dan Leach

Follow Dan on Twitter @DanLeach971

 

QUACK QUACK! The Ducks are a definite surprise in the Final Four, but with the way they have stormed thru the NCAA Tournament, it shouldn’t surprise you at all that they are two wins away from their first national title since 1939, the first ever NCAA basketball Tourney.

The inside-outside play of Dana “Robert” Altman’s team has been magnificent and they arguably have the biggest difference maker in the tourney so far in Jordan Bell. Bell has been a double-double machine and is the biggest reason Oregon beat Michigan and shocked 1-seed Kansas.

It is no surprise at all that UNC is part of the Final Four as they have been a top four team most of the season and arguably have had the deepest team in America all season long. With greats like Joel Berry II and Kennedy Meeks are two of the best in the nation and players like Luke Maye, who hit the game winner in the epic game against Kentucky in the Elite Eight are role guys that can change games.

This is going to be a war from the start with Carolina’s ability to score in speed demon fashion and the Ducks phenomenal transition game that gave both Michigan and Kansas fits. The biggest question is whether Jordan Bell will be able to be as big of a difference maker as he has been so far thru this Oregon run. If so, the Heels could be in for some trouble. If Bell struggles and the Ducks have to rely heavily on just Dillon Brooks, its going to be tough for Oregon to win this one.

I see this game as back and forth the whole way with neither team leading by more than seven or eight the entire game and that is advantage Ducks. Oregon might not be able to win this one outright, but I am all over them and the five points and would not be surprised at all if they can break thru and set up possibly the most unlikely national title game ever between them and South Carolina.

 

7.1 DTM Bagels and Locks on the Ducks (ORE +5)

 

Dan Leach was the world’s first human to live under the sea for more than 60 days, created what is now used as the International Olympic Flag, was the basis of Denzel Washington’s character Frank Lucas in “American Gangster”, Is often consulted on matters of national “Sports Security”, was the first human to interview Dracula, started the American Revolution on a dare, once sat in on drums with Led Zeppelin, and is a noted expert in the field of Time Travel.

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