UNC opens as 2-point favorite vs. Villanova at multiple sportsbooks

North Carolinaopened as a small favorite over Villanovain Monday’s national championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston.

The Tar Heels were installed as consensus two-point favorites over the Wildcats at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. Villanova is shooting 58.2 percent from the floor during the tournament.

If the line holds, it will be only the third game this season in which Villanova is the underdog. The Wildcats were small underdogs when they beat No. Sportsbook operator CG Technology opened North Carolina as a 1.5-point favorite. 1 overall seed Kansas in the Elite Eight. They were also underdogs at Virginia in an 86-75 loss in December.

The favored team has won seven of the past 10 national championship games. The Wildcats have won their five tournament games by an average margin of 24.2 points, with only Kansas staying within double-digits of coach Jay Wright’s red-hot team. The Tar Heels are looking for their sixth title.

Villanova advanced to the championship game with a historic 95-51 rout of Oklahoma earlier Saturday. Station Casinos went with North Carolina at minus-2.5, and the Westgate SuperBook, William Hill and the Wynn went with the Tar Heels at minus-2.

North Carolina blew past tournament-upstart Syracuse 83-66 on Saturday to reach the national championship game. However, the past two champions, Duke and Connecticut, were underdogs.

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