North Carolina Tar Heels vs Florida State Seminoles Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Florida State Seminoles
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, FL
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina (+3)
The North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4) head to Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Florida State Seminoles (6-2). North Carolina opens this game as 3-point dogs. The over/under opens at 145.
North Carolina will play this game with a win-loss record of 8-4 for the season. They currently have an average of 73.0 pts per game (161st in the country) while hitting 41.7% from the floor. The Tar Heels are shooting 29.3% on shots from distance (61 of 208) and 68.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, North Carolina is pulling down 45.1 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 167 assists for the year, which has them ranked 94th in D-1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.4 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.8 fouls per game. On defense, the Tar Heels are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.9 personal fouls. They currently rank 243rd in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 150 conceded for the campaign. The Tar Heels defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.2% (301 of 713) and they relinquish 32.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They give up 34.7% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 146th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (68.5).
The North Carolina Tar Heels faced off with the Syracuse Orange and took home the win by a score of 81-75 in their last contest. North Carolina ended the contest having earned a 39.7% FG percentage (29 out of 73) and converted 5 out of their 24 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Tar Heels knocked down 18 of 23 attempts for a rate of 78.3%. In terms of pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 43 with 19 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 18 assists for the matchup as well as earning 7 steals and 6 blocks. When it comes to defense, North Carolina allowed the other team to go 39.7% from the field on 29 of 73 shooting. Syracuse earned 13 assists and had 7 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Orange grabbed 28 boards (7 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 6 blocks. Syracuse finished the game shooting 75.0% at the charity stripe by converting 9 of their 12 attempts. They also converted 10 of their 29 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Garrison Brooks is one guy who was a major contributor for this game. He accounted for 16 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He played 33 minutes and also totaled 10 boards. Brooks finished the game shooting 41.7% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that was a contributor in the matchup for the Tar Heels was Armando Bacot. He grabbed 12 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He shot 53.8% from the field in this contest by shooting 7-of-13 (15 points). In all, Bacot saw the court for 27 minutes.
Florida State has a win-loss mark of 6-2 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Seminoles are shooting 46.6% from the field, which is ranked 93rd in the nation. Florida State has scored 630 points this season (78.8 per game) and they grab 36.6 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 15.1 times per contest (88th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.4 times per contest. The Seminoles are responsible for committing 18.9 fouls every game and they go 71.1% from the free throw line. The Seminoles defensively are ranked 153rd in college hoops in PPG given up with 69.0. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.2% from the field (62nd in college basketball). The Florida State defense concedes 35.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (66 of 187) and their opponents are connecting on 76.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 11.3 dimes and 32.3 boards every game, which ranks them 74th and 68th in those categories on the defensive end.
For their last game, the Florida State Seminoles got the victory with a final of 105-73 against the NC State Wolfpack. The Seminoles were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 31 in this matchup. They also stuffed 7 attempts while recording 6 steals in this game. The Wolfpack were called for 12 fouls for the game which got the Seminoles to the charity stripe for 11 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of them for a rate of 100.0%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Florida State buried 12 of 18 attempts (66.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Seminoles went 41 for 58 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 70.7%. The Seminoles allowed the Wolfpack to bury 28 of 63 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.4% for the game. They finished shooting 42.3% from 3-point land by hitting 11 of 26 and finished the contest at 6 of 8 from the charity stripe (75.0%). When discussing rebounding, Florida State permitted North Carolina State to get 17 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Rayquan Evans was important for the Seminoles for the game. He converted 9 out of 11 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 81.8%, which had him finishing with 24 points. Evans grabbed 6 rebounds in his 19 minutes and had 2 dimes in this contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for Florida State was M.J. Walker. He ended up walking away with 19 points in 22 minutes played via 6 of 7 from the floor for the matchup. Walker walked away from this one going 85.7% from the field and also earning 4 dimes and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Florida State (-3) and over 145 points
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