North Carolina a Rare Underdog at Florida State in ACC Action

Willie Bee

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 1:34 PM UTC

The only matchup of ranked teams Wednesday takes place in Tallahassee, where the FSU Seminoles are slight favorites on the NCAA basketball odds against the UNC Tar Heels.

NCAAB Season Record: 18-22 (-5.10)

No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 24 Florida State SeminolesFree NCAAB Pick: UNC +1Best Line Offered: Heritage

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An ACC schedule is never easy, but the schedule-maker certainly didn’t do North Carolina or Florida State any favors with a string of tough matchups right out of the gate. Then again, that should only add to the atmosphere tonight in Tallahassee, where the Tar Heels look to extend their winning streak over the Seminoles to eight.

ESPN2 will have the 7 PM (ET) tip at what should be a raucous Tucker Center, the pro-FSU crowd hoping to help their beloved Seminoles avoid second loss to begin the conference slate. It’s the only Top 25 clash on a nice Hump Day card that finds Bookmaker listing the matchup as a pick ‘em with 163½ for the total.

’Noles Must Have Big Game On Glass

Other shops have North Carolina a 1-1½ point underdog, which would break a string of 6 straight matchups with Florida State as the favorite. The Tar Heels are coming off a 73-69 win at home over Wake Forest, failing to cover a -14 spread due to some poor shooting and 12 turnovers. They are just two games removed from another off night finding the basket that resulted in a 79-75 loss to Wofford on a huge -25 line. Roy Williams’ group was 5-4 on the road last season in conference action.

Florida State has dropped two of its last four after beginning the campaign 9-0. The Seminoles appeared headed for a big upset at Duke this past Saturday, hanging close with the Blue Devils the entire game getting 12 points on the NCAA basketball odds. Leonard Hamilton’s troops went cold at the end, however, unable to score in the last 3:30 to fall by a 100-93 count. Florida State connected on 15 of 32 from beyond the arc, but was dominated on the glass, where Duke pulled down 23 offensive rebounds.

Rivalry History, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

As they have with many ACC counterparts, the Tar Heels own a comfortable edge in the rivalry with the Seminoles at 49-12. That gap has widened the last few years with UNC winning seven in a row and covering six of those. The teams met just once last season, North Carolina claiming at 96-83 decision in Chapel Hill as 8½-point chalk, the final extending a string of ‘over’ winners to five. Florida State’s last win over the Heels came in the 2012 ACC Tournament.

North Carolina goes from here to Virginia for a Saturday date with the Cavaliers, while Florida State heads south to Miami for a Sunday matchup, both of those contests part of our free NCAA basketball picks slate. Sorry, ‘Noles, but I’m riding the Heels’ recent dominance in the series.

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