Kansas vs. North Carolina predictions, expert picks: NCAA championship 2022 odds, spread for March Madness

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The end of the college basketball season is now just hours away. After months of season-long action and weeks of a frenetically-paced 2022 NCAA Tournament that began with 68 teams, the March Madness bracket boils down to an epic championship matchup Monday evening between two of the sport’s top blue bloods: No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 8 seed North Carolina. History awaits.

Storylines abound in this one as we prepare to crown a champion. Kansas coach Bill Self looks to secure his second championship at KU nearly 14 years to the day of his first and only one with the Jayhawks. The chance for a title comes two years after his team would have likely been the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament that was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For North Carolina, coach Hubert Davis is also aiming to make history after becoming just the fifth first-year coach to ever take a team to a title match in Year 1. His Tar Heels are on the cusp of becoming the second team ever to win a championship as  No. 8 seed — company kept only by legendary 1985 Villanova. No team with a lower seed has ever ran through the entire bracket.

Our team of experts have picks for the historic season finale Monday below both straight up and against the spread. Take a look at their predictions below.

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2022 NCAA championship predictions

(1) Kansas vs. (8) North Carolina

9:20 p.m. | TBS, March Madness Live: Kansas looked to be in top form Saturday as it not just ousted — but trounced — No. 2 seed Villanova in a dominant showing. Ochai Agbaji was at the peak of his powers, David McCormack owned the paint, and the Jayhawks strutted their way to…

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