UNC vs Ohio Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 19 NCAA Women's Tournament Game (Buckeyes Advance at Home)

UNC vs Ohio State prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament game.
UNC vs Ohio State prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament game. / AP Photos/Michael Conroy

The 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament continues on Monday with a second-round matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Ohio State Buckeyes. UNC is looking to earn its fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last decade, while Ohio State is aiming to earn its 13th Sweet 16 spot of all time.

UNC vs Ohio State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament Game
  • North Carolina (22-10, 5-6 Away) vs. No. 12 Ohio State (26-7, 12-4 Home)
  • Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Value City Arena -- Columbus, OH
  • Coverage: ESPN

UNC is coming off a close 61-59 win over St. John's in the first round as Deja Kelly racked up a team-high 18 points. Meanwhile, Ohio State took care of business with an 80-66 first-round win over James Madison behind Jacy Sheldon's big day (17 points & 9 assists). Which team will advance with a win?

UNC vs Ohio State Odds & Spread

Ohio State enters this contest as a moderate favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 141.5 points with both sides available at -110 odds.

UNC vs Ohio State Prediction & Pick

UNC enters this one with the goal of pulling off an upset, but it's worth noting the Tar Heels are a different team on the road than they are at home. Head coach Courtney Banghart's team averages 64.2 points per away game (73.7 at home) and allows 64.6 points per away game (54.1 at home).

That bodes well for Ohio State's chances of avoiding an early exit here. All five of the Buckeyes' best wins of the season have come against teams ranked in the AP top 25, meaning they are battle tested. They rank eighth in college basketball when it comes to points per game game as well (80.7).

Ohio State's balance will shine as it rosters six players averaging at least 10.9 points per game.

Final Score Prediction: UNC: 66 | Ohio State: 76

UNC vs Ohio State Best Bet

UNC enters this one a pedestrian 5-5 straight up in its last 10 games and three of those losses came by at least six points. On the other side, Ohio State has won five of its last seven games and three of those wins came by at least 12 points. The Buckeyes have momentum on their side on Monday.

Look for Ohio State to stand tall in the fourth quarter and move to 13-4 at home with a big victory.

Bet: Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5 (-110)

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