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FGCU in Tough to Recapture 2013 Magic

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles NCAA March Madness

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles crushed Fairleigh Dickinson by a score of 96-65 as 5.5-point favorites in their First Four matchup Tuesday night. Things will get exponentially more difficult in their Round of 64 meeting with the No. 1-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • North Carolina is 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three games with four days off in between games.
  • FGCU is 3-1 SU in its last four games versus teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of UNC’s last 15 games versus teams with winning records.

Many will remember FGCU from its incredible run to the Sweet 16 back in 2013. That year, the Eagles knocked off #2 Georgetown and #7 San Diego State before losing to the third-seed Florida Gators in the Sweet Sixteen.

The Eagles have not had many lined games this season, but have been a hot wager at the betting window of late going 3-1 ATS (4-0 SU) in their last four games, including Tuesday’s win.

The Tar Heels have been heating up at the right time, however, and will an extremely tough Round of 64 matchup if the Eagles want to recapture that magic of 2013. They have gone 7-1 SU in their last eight games (6-2 SU) and have covered the number in their previous four games including a clean sweep at the betting window as they went 3-0 to win the ACC Tournament.

The Heels have been a bit cold ATS in recent tournament games. They have gone 1-5 ATS in their last six following a 78-71 win as 5-point favorites over Villanova back in 2013.

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Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 28-6 and 15-17-2 ATS North Carolina Tar Heels will face the 21-13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, who own a 5-5-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the North Carolina Tar Heels are 17-17 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are 6-5.

This game puts the North Carolina Tar Heels, most recently No. 14 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, who rate No. 108 in the latest survey.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Eagles and Knights didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Fairleigh Dickinson was handed a 96-65 defeat on Tuesday at Dayton Arena.

The Tar Heels grabbed a 61-57 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Joel Berry II at Verizon Center.