Seminoles vs. Tar Heels Prediction
The eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels registered their biggest win of the season this week as they knocked off their rivals and the top-ranked teams in the country. Can UNC avoid a letdown today when it hosts 16th-ranked Florida State?
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Dean E. Smith Center at 3:45PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tar Heels are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 158 points. As of Saturday morning, 71 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Florida State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Seminoles win eighth straight
Florida State earned a 77-64 road win at Clemson Tuesday night to improve to 21-5 overall and 9-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mfiondu Kabengele paced the Seminoles with 19 points off the bench on 9-of-13 shooting including 1-of-1 from 3-point distance. He also registered 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Trent Forrest tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and three dimes. Christ Koumadje added 10 points, seven caroms and two blocks. Florida State raced out to a 38-23 halftime lead en route to the win. The Seminoles shot 29-of-60 from the field, 7-of-18 on 3-point attempts and 12-of-17 from the free throw line.
Tar Heels stun Blue Devils
North Carolina caught a big break in the opening minute Wednesday night when Duke star Zion Williamson had his shoe explode and it resulted in a sprained knee. With him sidelined the rest of the game, the Tar Heels rolled to an 88-72 road win to improve to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the ACC. North Carolina led 42-32 at halftime on its way to the win. Luke Maye paced the Tar Heels with 30 points on 14-of-24 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point range plus 1-of-2 at the free throw line. He also notched 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Cameron Johnson tallied 26 points, seven boards, four assists and two steals. Garrison Brooks added 14 points eight rebounds and two steals. The Tar Heels shot 38-of-75 from the field, 2-of-20 on 3-pointers and 10-of-14 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. Florida State is 5-0 ATS in its last five ACC games.
The Tar Heels are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. North Carolina is 5-2 ATS in its last seven Saturday games.
Both teams are coming in on exceptional form, but the Tar Heels at home are scary especially after what they did on the road Wednesday. North Carolina actually hasn't been all that great at home its last two times out with an overtime win over Miami and a 69-61 loss to Virginia, but with veterans Maye and Johnson on top of their games I think the Tar Heels are peaking at the right time. Bet on UNC to complete the week with another decisive win.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS -7