March Madness Elite 8 Fantasy Preview
Notre Dame vs North Carolina
Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center will be the host of the East Region’s Finals when the top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels and their ACC rival, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. FanPicks is proud to bring you this March Madness Elite 8 Fantasy preview. Come enjoy daily NCAA Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks and enter our March Madness contests with millions of dollars to win even with your busted brackets.
North Carolina Tar Heels are currently peaking at the moment and their ACC rival Notre Dame are the only ones standing in front of them and the Final Four. The Tar Heels are on a 8 game winning streak with the last 3 in the NCAA Tournament by a combined 50 points. In that run, they’ve also embarrassed the same 6th seed Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s semifinals 78-47.
They come in having shot 51.6% from field in their route of Indiana Friday 101-86. This Tar Heels team is so dangerous and has offensive weapons unlike their opponents. Brice Johnson has recorded 22 double-doubles and tied for the single-season team record. He needs 13 more rebounds to beat the record for the most in one single season of their program history. Marcus Paige, who’s struggled a bit with his shooting is a force that may help them unlock their 6th NCAA Tournament title after making 11 of his 21 shots from beyond the arc.
Notre Dame has won 6 games combined in consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the 1st time in its history and reached for the first time in its history and reached the Elite Eight for the second straight year after losing to Kentucky in 2015. Their star forward V.J Beachem has been a major factor in their NCAA Tournament success averaging a huge 17.3 pts in 3 games, 5 above his usual season average. Their leader, Demetrius Jackson leads the team in scoring and will be the focus of the Tar Heels’ defense. North Carolina will also have their hands full with forward Zach Auguste who has 22 double-doubles all year. The Irish have won their 3 NCAA Tournament matchups with by a combined 13 pts and will go after their first Final Four appearance since 1978.