Against The Spread Pick
These teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum as to how many believed they would play this season. The North Carolina Tar Heels have been arguably the most disappointing team in college basketball this season. They enter this game with an overall record of 10-11, which includes a 3-7 conference record, putting them in 13th place in the ACC this season. The Tar Heels are coming off a 70-71 home loss against Boston College, which ended their two-game winning streak. Things won’t get any easier for North Carolina as they travel to take on the Florida State Seminoles on Monday. Meanwhile, Florida State has been one of the biggest surprise teams in the country this season. They enter this game ranked 5th in the nation with a conference record of 8-2 and an overall record of 18-3, which ties the Duke Blue Devils for 2nd place in the ACC. Florida State is coming off a 74-63 win on the road against Virginia Tech and has won eleven of their previous thirteen games. I look for Florida State to come away with the win. However, I love the Tar Heels getting 9.5 points in this game.
Over Under Pick
North Carolina has been a below-average team offensively this season. They enter this game averaging 71.48 points per game, which ranks 175th in the nation. The Tar Heels have been disappointing defensively this season as well as they come into this game allowing 70.76 points per game, which ranks 221st in the country. Meanwhile, Florida State has been in the top 1/3rd in the nation in points per game. They enter this game ranked 89th in points per game with 74.95. The Seminoles have been even more impressive defensively, allowing the 61st fewest points per game with 64.38. Based on how well the Seminoles have played defensively this season, my money is on the under 143.5 points.