Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Pick
Florida State Seminoles
(16-6, 9-7-1 ATS)
North Carolina Tar Heels
(16-5, 9-9 ATS)
The ACC is used to being one of these conferences that fields a ton of teams in the NCAA Tournament. This might not be the year that that happens, but on Sunday, we definitely are in for a treat with two of the best teams that the conference has to offer. NCAA basketball betting fans will love this duel in Chapel Hill, as the North Carolina Tar Heels square off with the Florida State Seminoles.
FSU is still within striking distance of first place in the ACC, but it needs to avoid a ridiculous defeat like it had in its most recent road game, a 66-42 loss to the Clemson Tigers. The garnet and gold have some injury issues to deal with right now, as Xavier Gibson, Andrew Rutledge, and Terrance Shannon are all out of the fold in all likelihood this weekend. As a result, there is a lot of pressure on Chris Singleton to perform. The big man is going to be the most athletic and one of the most NBA ready players on the court on either side on Sunday, but he just hasn’t performed to his highest level this season as of yet. He is averaging 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this campaign, but over the course of his last four games, he only has scored, 5, 8, 4, and 8 points respectively. To win a game like this, you have to have a real star shine, especially on the road, and if there is a man that is going to get the job done, this it is.
North Carolina has its own star that is really starting to shine in the form of Harrison Barnes. Barnes was really expected to be the man that walked into Chapel Hill and brought the men in Carolina Blue back from the dead and into contention for the NCAA Tournament title this year. He was probably overhyped at the outset of the year, but right now, there is no doubting that he is a legitimate contender for ACC Player of the Year honors. Barnes has scored at least 25 points in two straight game, both North Carolina triumphs, and he is the reason that this team is now in second place in the ACC and a perfect 10-0 when playing at the Dean Smith Center. One man that won’t be around is Larry Drew III, who walked out on his teammates earlier this week after being demoted onto the bench. North Carolina is still plenty deep, especially on the inside, but if there were a real weakness to contend with, it would be in ball handlers. Of the starting five, only two are averaging more than two assists per game this year.
FSU has had a great history against the Tar Heels, winning back to back games and blowing another in an 80-77 loss in Tallahassee when UNC was ranked No. 1 in the country in 2009. The Noles have covered five straight in this series and should be catching plenty of points in this one on the college basketball odds. This will make a sixth straight cover for the garnet and gold.
NCAA Basketball Free Pick: Florida State Seminoles
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