The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles are the current leaders in the ACC, and they can take a step closer to winning a league regular-season title by beating the North Carolina Tar Heels this weekend in Chapel Hill. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Florida State Seminoles vs North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA College Basketball Game on February 27 2021
Where: Dean E. Smith Center
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (odds)
Record: 14-3 Overall / 10-2 Conference
As expected, the Seminoles got past the Miami Hurricanes in an 88-71 road win on Wednesday. The Noles had their way on offense in that game, as they shot 53.6 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range. That was on brand for Florida State’s offense that’s 19th in the nation with 79.8 points per game and 30th with a 47.6 field-goal percentage. Those numbers were easily reached and surpassed by the Seminoles in their 82-75 win over North Carolina at home back on Jan. 16. MJ Walker led Florida State in that game with 21 points, but it’s uncertain if he’ll play on Saturday. Walker sat out the Miami game with an ankle injury, though the Seminoles might have played him if it was truly needed. In any case, the Noles have guys like Raiquan Gray, Scottie Barnes, and Anthony Polite to rely on. Florida State is the No. 1 outside shooting team in the ACC with a 41.7 3-point shooting percentage.
Florida State is 2-0-1 against the spread in its last three road games.
Betting on the North Carolina Tar Heels (odds)
Record: 14-8 Overall / 8-6 Conference
North Carolina will enter Saturday’s date with the Seminoles coming off an 83-70 home loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles. Turnovers badly hurt the Tar Heels in that game, as they committed a total of 19 errors. North Carolina forced the Golden Eagles to pick up 16 turnovers (10 in the second half) with the Tar Heels’ intense ball-pressure but wasted their defensive efforts with seemingly endless miscues. North Carolina is averaging 14.5 turnovers per game and had 14 in the loss to Florida State. Where the Tar Heels should flex their muscle on Saturday is on the rebounding battle. North Carolina is second nationally with 45.2 rebounds per game but outrebounded the Noles last January by only a single rebound, 26-25. Furthermore, North Carolina is tops in the ACC with a 38.9 offensive rebounding percentage. They had 11 rebounds to just five by Florida State in the January showdown between the two teams. North Carolina is 3-1 against the spread in its last four games as the home team
Florida State wins, 76-74.
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