Only two teams remain after several rounds in the 2022 NCAA Tournament: the North Carolina Tar Heels of the ACC and the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 12. Only one will go home with the crown and we are about to find out which of these blue bloods is going to have a championship party on their campus. Time to check out which teams the experts are picking to win Monday.
Expert picks and predictions for the 2022 NCAA National Championship Game of the March Madness tournament
Sports Chat Place— Andrew Jett: Kansas
Andrew Jett of Sports Chat Place says that either side has a strong case to win on Monday, but he is picking Kansas, believing that the Tar Heels will not have enough gas to keep up with the Jayhawks.
Heartland College Sports—Matthew Postins: Kansas
Matthew Postins of Heartland College Sports thinks that Kansas is going to be overmatched inside, with Armando Bacot leading the way for the Tar Heels’ frontcourt. However, Postins also sees the Jayhawks compensating for that with their “firepower” on offense. Kansas’ explosive offense was pretty apparent in the Final Four, as they scored 81 points against a solid defensive team in the form of the Villanova Wildcats.
Sporting News — Bill Bender: Kansas
Bill Bender of Sporting News notes that the Tar Heels must be on a high after beating the Duke Blue Devils in the Final Four – as they should. That being said, Bender is projecting the Jayhawks to win what he sees is a high-scoring game that ends with Kansas putting upat least 80 points.
TopBet News Editor – Ryan Simpson: Kansas
Here is what resident expert Ryan Simpson had to say about the Jayhawks:
“The Final Four noise was mostly on the side of the Duke-North Carolina matchup, but Kansas doesn’t care about that. The fact is that the Jayhawks are the last top seed dancing. They have been playing like one for the majority of the tournament and are coming off a masterful 81-65 win in the Final Four over a very good Villanova Wildcats squad. Kansas’ road to the national title game isn’t as rough as the Tar Heels’, but taking down the Wildcats says a lot about how formidable Bill Self’s squad is. David McCormack put on a show in the Villanova game, pacing all scorers with 25 points, while Ochai Agbaji generated 21 points. If North Carolina wants to turn the game into a shootout from behind the arc, don’t be surprised if the Jayhawks oblige. Kansas went 13/24 on their threes against ‘Nova. Christian Braun and Ogbaji are both shooting over 38 percent on their 3-pointers this season, and they should continue spreading the floor for each other in the title game. Per KenPom, Kansas is sixth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (119.6).”
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