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How and what to watch for No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 5 North Carolina in Sweet 16 of 2022 NCAA Women’s Tournament

We break down everything you need to know for DAY’S Sweet 16 March Madness matchup between South Carolina and North Carolina.

Players for the Miami Hurricanes and the South Carolina Gamecocks interact on court during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament held at Colonial Life Arena on March 20, 2022 in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo by Gerry Melendez/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The 2022 Women’s NCAA tournament rolls on as the Sweet Sixteen begins to shape up. No. 1 South Carolina was less dominant in round two but still picked up the 49-33 victory over No. 8 Miami. The No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels picked up a 63-45 win over Arizona.

Once the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook are made available for this game, we’ll add that information below. We’ll also add the game time and TV channel once it’s settled.

Game date: Friday, March 25th
Game time: 7 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

No. 1 South Carolina 30-2 (15-1 SEC) At-Large

First Round: Defeated No. 16 Howard 79-21
Second Round: Defeated No. 8 Miami 49-33
Her Hoops Stats ratings: 1 Overall, 6 Offense, 1 Defense
Leading scorer: Forward Aliyah Boston, 16.6 ppg
Key stat of tournament: South Carolina limited their opponents to 50.7 points per game in the regular season.

Coming off a dominant first-round win against Howard, South Carolina opened as a 22.5-point favorite against Miami. This game couldn’t have been more different as the Gamecocks got the win, but only 49-33. The double-double machine Aliyah Boston was back at it with 10 points and 16 rebounds. The Gamecocks had a 49-33 rebounding advantage and Miami only came down with six offensive rebounds in the game.

No. 5 North Carolina 25-6 (13-5 ACC)

First Round: Defeated No. 12 Stephen F. Austin 79-66
Second Round: Defeated No. 4 Arizona 63-45
Her Hoops Stats ratings: 14 Overall, 29 Offense, 9 Defense
Leading scorer: Deja Kelly, 16.3 ppg
Key stat of tournament: The Tar Heels held Arizona to 7-27 from three-point range on the road.

The Heels made it a laugher in Tucson, winning going away by out-rebounding the Wildcats 40-34. Kennedy Todd-Williams led all scorers with 19 points on 7-11 from the field, and added seven rebounds and five assists.

Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Point spread: South Carolina -9.5
Point total: 118.5
Moneyline: North Carolina +375, South Carolina -510

The Pick

Against The Spread Pick: South Carolina -9.5
Point total pick: Over 118.5
Pick to Win: South Carolina

The Gamecocks earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2022 Women’s NCAA Tournament and they couldn’t have had more different games to start out. From leading No. 16 Howard 44-4 at halftime of their first game to not cracking 50 points in their second game against No. 8 Miami. The Tar Heels looked great in their upset victory over No. 4 Arizona, 63-45, but facing off against Dawn Staley and South Carolina is a whole different scenario. South Carolina should get back on track and play like the team from round one.