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North Carolina enters national championship game as favorite over Gonzaga

Oregon v North Carolina

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after defeating the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. North Carolina defeated Oregon 77-76. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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North Carolina will be the betting favorite when the Tar Heels meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Monday night for the national championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Tar Heels, according to the betting odds, will open as favorites (-2). But if you want to look at it from an analytical standpoint, kenpom gives the Bulldogs a 63 percent chance to cut down the nets.

The Zags surrendered a double-digit second half lead but was able to survive and advance against South Carolina in the first of two national semifinals. In the nightcap, North Carolina missed four consecutive free throws. However, the nation’s best rebounding team came up with back-to-back offensive rebounds to hold off Oregon in the final seconds in order to advance to the program’s second straight national championship game.

Gonzaga and North Carolina will square off on Monday night, with a scheduled tip time set at 9:20 p.m. EST.