March Madness Betting North Carolina vs FGCU
On Thursday night, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles tangle with the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Tar Heels (28-6) are the ACC tournament champions and hold the #1 seed in the East region. The Eagles (21-13) are the champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament and simply demolished Fairleigh Dickinson in the First Four play-in, 96-65. Check out the latest college basketball betting lines here.
March Madness Betting North Carolina Tar Heels vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:15 PM ET
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network
Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: North Carolina (-22)
Why should you bet on the Tar Heels?
The Tar Heels used offensive balance and a suffocating defense to salt away the ACC championship game. Even though Marcus Paige, normally their big scorer, only had 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting, the Tar Heels got enough from other contributors to beat a solid Cavaliers team. For the season, they have scored 82.3 points per game, but they should avoid the track-meet approach against FGCU, as that could play into the Eagles’ hands. A balanced halfcourt offense will make for a much better outcome.
Why should you put your money on FGCU?
The Eagles scored 96 points against Fairleigh Dickinson in the First Four. Ninety-six points. That makes four wins in a row for this team, who were led by 20 points from Marc Eddy Norelia, who also grabbed 10 boards. He has 13 double-doubles this season, a school record. If the team is to have any success against North Carolina, Norelia will have to lead the way. The Tar Heels had a stout defense for Virginia in the ACC title game, and the Eagles will have to find ways around a pressure-oriented attack. Against FDU, the team shot 59.6 percent. If they can get close to that again, this game will be close.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Tar Heels to win, but I think FGCU will do better than the oddsmakers thing. I like the Tar Heels to pull away, 90-72, but I think FGCU will cover.