The conference tournaments in NCAA men’s basketball are reaching their conclusion, with semifinals and finals scheduled for today and this weekend in preparation of Selection Sunday.
On Friday afternoon a series of games including Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina and Missouri vs. Florida, start the slate of games.
The battle in the ACC between the Tar Heels and Panthers is one of the marquee matchups from Friday’s afternoon lineup. In multiple online shops such as Bovada, topbet and betonline, the game opened as a tossup.
UNC is 23-8 SU and 16-15 ATS. The Heels have not won an ACC tournament in six seasons and have finished runner up the past three seasons. They are the No. 4 seed and face No. 5 Pitt.
UNC has won 12 of its past 13 games overall with only a loss to Duke last weekend snapping a 12 game winning streak. The Heels did not cover as a dog of 9 points and over their past four games are 0-4 ATS, after covering the previous nine straight.
Pitt is 24-8 SU and 11-15-3 ATS. The Panthers were 11-7 SU in their inaugural season in the ACC. They defeated Wake Forest in their first game of the tournament 84-55, easily covering as a favorite of 10 points.
The OVER has cashed in each of the past 4 games between the two teams and 6 of the past 7.
The Panthers are 0-2 SU as well as ATS when a dog this season, losing to Syracuse on the road by five points as a 4.5 point dog and to North Carolina by 4 points as a 3-point dog.
Pick: North Carolina 73-70
Florida takes on Missouri in another big game on Friday’s afternoon schedule. The Gators are ranked No. 1 in the nation and have a winning streak of 23 games. Missouri is the No. 8 seed in the tournament but unranked in the nation.
Florida has four starters who are seniors along with Michael Frazier a sophomore. The Gators are only about .500 against the spread, but are 3-0 ATS over their past three games with an average winning margin of 21 points.
Missouri could be tired as they were forced to double overtime in their first round tournament game before defeating Texas A&M 91-83. The Tigers covered as a favorite of 5.5 points, but were 2-7 ATS over their previous nine outings.
Missouri is considered a bubble team and desperately need a big upset in this game.
This season Missouri covered the spread in its only meeting with Florida. The Tigers lost 65-58, but were road dogs by 12.5 points.
Florida has covered three consecutive spreads and is playing up to its No. 1 national ranking. Their defense gives up just 58 points per game.
Pick: Florida 68-55.
The Gators will clamp down on the Tigers offense and cover the 11.5 favorite spread.