An updated futures list of NCAA Tournament odds was released this week. Despite the fact, the North Carolina Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the nation their price is still long.
North Carolina is 20-7 SU and 16-11 ATS. Their season has been a roller coaster ride, but having won nine straight games, the Tar Heels are on quite an upswing.
The Tar Heels moved back into the Top 25 at No. 19 this week after impressive wins against Pittsburgh and Duke last week. The Heels run of 9 straight follows a stretch of losing four of five in their opening ACC conference games.
The Tar Heels futures to win the National Championship went down from 50 to 1 to 40 to 1 this week on Bovada, topbet, Sportsbook.com and betonline.
At one time earlier in the season, North Carolina had fallen to 100 to 1 odds to win the title.
The Tar Heels have not been known this season for defense. They typically run and run some more on offense until their opponents run out of gas or they are out of the game.
North Carolina gives ups 68 points a game ranking them No. 112 in the country in that stat. However, more focus and urgency on defense has been one of the reasons for their recent resurgence in the ACC and move upward in the polls.
The foul line however has been a big nemesis all season for North Carolina. Against Duke, the Tar Heels shot just 64%. However, over the last 60 seconds of the game, North Carolina went to the foul and made all six of their attempts. The Heels turned around and hit 83% of their shots from the charity stripe the next game in a win over Wake Forest.
Three of the seven losses North Carolina has suffered this season were due to horrible shooting from the free throw line. If they can correct that on a consistent basis, North Carolina could be a dangerous team heading into the NCAA tournament.
North Carolina can still improve, but after being considered a possible NIT team to start 2014, North Carolina now looks like it could do well at March Madness. Roy Williams has his players believing in themselves, focusing more on the defensive end and hitting more of their shots from the charity stripe.
Current futures to win NCAA Tournament
Florida Gators 9-2
Michigan State Spartans 7-1
Kansas Jayhawks 7-1
Duke Blue Devils 10-1
Arizona Wildcats 10-1
Louisville Cardinals 10-1
Kentucky Wildcats 12-1
Syracuse Orange 12-1
Wichita State Shockers 12-1
Creighton Bluejays 18-1