In a first round NCAA tournament game; at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina, the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. This is the 1 vs. 16 seed, and the winner will take on the winner of the USC/Providence game. This is part of the East Region. The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles come into the game with a 21-13 record, but absolutely dominated Fairleigh Dickinson in the First Four game in Dayton. The Eagles are the conference tournament winners out of the Atlantic Sun Conference. For the North Carolina Tar Heels, they won both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and also the conference tournament. The Tar Heels are 28-6 on the season, and coming off the conference title win over Virginia. Be sure to look out for more betting odds for March Madness by clicking here.
Free North Carolina vs Florida Gulf Coast Betting Pick and Game Info
What: Florida Gulf Coast at North Carolina Tar Heels (28-6)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 7:20 PM ET
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Game Total: 150.5
Stream: TBS Sports
Listen: North Carolina / Florida Gulf Coast
Why Bet on North Carolina
The North Carolina Tar Heels have been one of the hottest teams in the nation to wrap up the season. The Tar Heels have five straight wins, and 7 of their last 8 games. The Tar Heels offense has been using great outputs from both Brice Johnson, and Marcus Paige. Johnson leads the team with 16.6 points per game, while point guard Paige is scoring 12.1 points and dishing out 3.7 assists per game. North Carolina is one of the top scoring teams in the nation as well, with more than 82 points per game. The Tar Heels also rank 4th with 18.1 assists per game.
Why Bet on Florida Gulf Coast
During the regular season, the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast finished second to North Florida in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In the conference tournament, after North Florida was upset, the Eagles downed Stetson to get to the big dance. The Eagles have won five of their last six games, with their lone loss during that time coming at Stetson. Florida Gulf Coast is led in scoring by Marc Eddy Noreila, with 17.2 points per game. The Eagles got 20 and 10 from Noreila in the win over Fairleigh Dickinson. In that win, Florida Gulf Coast saw four starters score double figures.
Expert Betting Pick & Final Score Prediction
Look for the Gulf Coast Eagles to stick around in this game for awhile. They will play with a ton of momentum, and of course the name Florida Gulf Coast is going to help them gain alot of following. Look for the Eagles to use their size that they used in the win on Tuesday to their advantage in this one. In the end though, the guard play goes to North Carolina, and the Tar Heels are going to want to run the Eagles up and down the court. North Carolina may get close to 100 in this game, and should cover the spread. The MyBookie.ag bet here is the North Carolina Tar Heels -22 over Florida Gulf Coast. Final score prediction is North Carolina 95 and Florida Gulf Coast 70.