Florida State Seminoles vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 2/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida State Seminoles vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Florida State (-1)
The North Carolina Tar Heels (14-8) play the Florida State Seminoles (14-3) at Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday. The line on this contest has Florida State as 1-point favorites. The total is set at 151.
Florida State enters this game with a mark of 14-3 on the year. The Seminoles are connecting on 39.1% on three-point attempts (144 of 368) and 74.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 79.8 points per contest (32nd in Division 1) while shooting 47.6% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a team they commit 17.9 fouls per game. As a team, Florida State is pulling in 37.7 rebounds per game and has tallied 264 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 182nd in college basketball in terms of passing. On defense, the Seminoles are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.8 personal fouls. The Seminoles are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.2% (396 of 986) and they surrender 31.6 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 61st in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 199 surrendered this year. They give up 34.3% on 3-pointers and they rank 143rd in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (69.2).
The Florida State Seminoles stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami Hurricanes and took home the win by a score of 88-71 in their last contest. Florida State ended the game with a 53.6% field goal percentage (37 out of 69) and knocked down 9 of their 25 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Seminoles converted 5 of their 7 shots for a rate of 71.4%. With respect to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 42 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 dimes in the game as well as creating 8 turnovers and having 5 steals. In terms of the defense, Florida State allowed the other team to shoot 34.3% from the field on 24 out of 70 shooting. Miami totaled 9 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Miami snagged 32 rebounds (14 offensive, 18 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Miami shot 78.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of 19 attempts. They converted 8 out of their 23 attempts from 3-point land.
Raiquan Gray is a player who was important for the game. He totaled 12 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He played for 26 mins played and totaled 13 boards. Gray finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor and also distributed 6 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Seminoles was Anthony Polite. He had 3 rebounds in 24 min on the hardwood. He finished shooting 44.4% from the floor for the contest by shooting 4-of-9 (12 points). When all was said and done, Polite wasn't able to get a dime.
North Carolina has a mark of 14-8 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Tar Heels are shooting 44.3% from the field, which is ranked 176th in the country. North Carolina has tallied 1,632 pts on the year (74.2 per contest) and they average 42.5 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 15.7 times per contest (53rd in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest. The Tar Heels are committing 17.0 personal fouls per game and they hit 65.0% from the charity stripe. The Tar Heels on defense are ranked 153rd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 69.4. They are able to force 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (149th in Division 1). The North Carolina defense gives up 35.6% on 3-pointers (182 of 511) and opponents are connecting on 69.3% of their foul shots. They surrender 12.9 assists and 32.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 168th and 53rd in the country.
The last time they took the court, the North Carolina Tar Heels took a defeat with a final score of 83-70 when they faced the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Tar Heels pulled down 21 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 19 times, while earning 10 steals in this game. The Golden Eagles earned 17 fouls for the matchup which got the Tar Heels to the charity stripe for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a clip of 68.2%. In reference to 3-point shots, North Carolina made 5 of their 18 attempts (27.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Tar Heels finished shooting 25 out of 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.7%. The Tar Heels allowed the Golden Eagles to make 29 out of their 56 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 51.8% in this game. They finished 37.5% from beyond the perimeter by going 9 out of 24 and ended up going 16 out of 20 from the free throw line (80.0%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, North Carolina permitted Marquette to pull down 31 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Garrison Brooks ended up having an impact for the Tar Heels in the matchup. He buried 8 out of 10 in the game for a rate of 80.0%, and had 5 rebounds. Brooks tallied 18 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood, but wasn't able to tally an assist. Someone else that was pivotal for North Carolina was Kerwin Walton. He finished with no assists in his 25 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 2 out of 9 from the floor. Walton ended the game having shot 22.2% from the field while totaling 8 points and 1 rebound.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina (+1)
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