Noles And Tar Heels Will Punch Their Ticket For ACC Semifinals Today

Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:05 AM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 5:05 AM UTC

With the start of ACC quarterfinals, all the Big Boys have arrived and now the tournament really commences. Here are two tilts that piqued our interest.

Virginia Tech (24-7 SU, 17-13-1 ATS) vs. Florida State (25-6, 14-17 ATS)

Thursday, 2:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Free NCAAB Pick: Seminoles ATS

Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Seminoles Size and Versatility Thwarts the Hokies

Yesterday, Virginia Tech as the 5-seed went out did what they were supposed to do and did it the Hokies way. Buzz Williams team started fast (11-0), made 50 percent of their shots and drilled 11 three's. The Hokies easily covered the 7.5-point spread and what made Williams smile was 17 of their 27 made buckets were via an assist.

Next up for Virginia Tech is No. 4 Florida State. This opponent should be fresh in the minds of the Hokies, having lost in Tallahassee 73-64 as five-point road underdogs only nine days ago in their only meeting this season. However, this will be a tall order for Virginia Tech even if the starting college basketball odds have them as one-point favorite.

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Though not ultra-talented, big men Mfiondu Kabengele and Christ Koumadje stand 6'10 and 7'4 respectively and are a presence in the paint. Virginia Tech can counter with the more talented Kerry Blackshear Jr., who is 6'10, but that is about it for size for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech will try and run, but the Seminoles can match their opponent for getting up and down the floor, as they too are a better transition team than one that works in the half court.

While there is quite a bit to like about coach Williams crew, the versatile Noles go 10 deep and can beat opposing teams a lot of ways. This is exemplified by them winning 12 of 13 (8-5 ATS), with their lone loss at Chapel Hill. Take Florida State.

Louisville (20-12 SU, 17-13-2 ATS) vs. North Carolina (26-5, 18-11-1 ATS)

Thursday, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN)

Free NCAAB Pick: Tar Heels ATS

Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Tar Heels Flush The Cardinals

Maybe it's fitting this 7 vs. 2 tilt is on a neutral in Charlotte based on the regular season results. In the first game at Chapel Hill, Louisville took North Carolina behind the woodshed and opened up a can 'Whup A**', as ESPN's Rece Davis is apt to say, and blistered the Tar Heels 83-62 as 11-point underdogs. In the return engagement at the KFC Yum! Center, Roy's boys were hungry for revenge and won 79-69 as two-point road favorites.

With both teams comfortably in the NCAA Tournament field, this matchup is about playing for the hardware.

Of course, North Carolina is the favorite and well they should be. After taking a while to sort everything out and posting a 3-3 record (2-4 ATS) over a 30-day period starting Nov. 22nd, Roy Williams players figured out their roles and grew as a team. Luke Maye, Nassar Little, and Cameron Johnson learned to give each other space, yet play together. But what the whole package come together was freshman guard Coby White being a scorer and facilitator.

Though North Carolina is not a big team by previous standards, they rebound extremely well and Louisville is one of the few teams that can match their ability on the glass. Controlling the boards will be massive, as the winners this year have enjoyed edges of +9 and +19.

Let's make this simple for college basketball picks, the favorite is 6-1 ATS and the Heels cover.

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