Can UNC run over FGCU?
After a win on Tuesday night, can No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast hope to hang with top-seeded North Carolina tonight at 7:20PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is a heavy favorite tonight, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -22 points against FGCU. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 148 points. These two meet tonight in the second round of the East Region from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
UNC is 28-6 on the season, 7-0 on a neutral floor and 16-17-1 against the spread. Florida Gulf Coast is 21-13 on the season, 1-1 on a neutral floor and 4-3-1 against the spread. UNC won the ACC regular season and conference titles while FGCU won the Atlantic-Sun Conference Tournament and then beat Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night, 96-65.
The Tar Heels struggled to cover consistently throughout the season, but seemed to find their stride over the last few weeks. They have won five straight and covered in their last four entering tonight’s game. Rebounding has aided in that as UNC has had two of their last five games see them with a rebounding edge over 20. FGCU is an athletic team looking to move fast, which UNC doesn’t mind doing, but the Tar Heels have big bodies that should overwhelm the Eagles. FGCU should have a hard time attacking the paint in this game and will need to rely on 3-point shooting. While the Eagles can shoot, they are just 33 percent from 3-point land on a neutral floor. UNC should be able to take care of business handily tonight.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: NORTH CAROLINA -22