Florida State vs North Carolina Odds, Prediction: Bet Tar Heels to Stay Alive at CWS?

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Eakin Howard/Getty Images. Pictured: North Carolina reliever Dalton Pence.

Florida State vs North Carolina Odds

Tuesday, June 18
2 p.m. ET
ESPN
Florida State Odds
RunlineTotalMoneyline
-1.5
+123
9.5
-121o / +102u
-115
North Carolina Odds
RunlineTotalMoneyline
+1.5
-159
9.5
-121o / +102u
-104
Odds via BetRivers . Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

Omaha, Neb. — As the SEC continues to roll in the winners' bracket, an ACC team will be eliminated in Game 9 of the 2024 College World Series on Tuesday.

North Carolina opened Omaha with a walk-off victory over Virginia, only to see the lineup produce a single run in a Sunday loss to Tennessee.

That made it three consecutive games in which the Tar Heels have failed to score more than three runs. The last time they did so was an 8-6 Super Regional victory over West Virginia on June 7, which is something they want to replicate.

"I think a lot of that is the guy on the mound — you've got to give him credit and look at who you're facing," UNC head coach Scott Forbes said. "… We just haven't been able to have a big, big inning, but we're very capable of doing that. It can flip just like that. That's the thing about baseball."

Florida State, meanwhile, suffered a heartbreaking loss to Tennessee in its CWS opener, but the Seminoles extended their season when they eliminated Virginia on Sunday.

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With two ACC teams set to do battle, there should be plenty of historical numbers to indicate a favorite in this game. However, North Carolina and Florida State haven't played each other in the past two seasons.

There's minimal history between these head coaches as well, but North Carolina’s Scott Forbes beat Link Jarrett when he was at Notre Dame in 2022.

Both teams are expected to send their third starters to the mound: Aidan Haugh for North Carolina and Conner Whittaker for Florida State.

The Tar Heels will have the advantage out of the bullpen. Closer Dalton Pence wasn't used in the loss to the Volunteers, making him fresher for Tuesday's elimination game. That's big news because the sophomore southpaw recently threw 58 pitches or more in Regional and Super Regional action.

Florida State vs UNC

Betting Picks & Prediction

Wind has been the story in Omaha thus far, as 30-mph gusts have knocked down several balls to keep runs off the board. The weather will not change for Tuesday afternoon, as sustained 25 mph winds blowing in from right-center field are expected.

A Whittaker and Haugh matchup gives North Carolina a projection of -115 with a total of 13.1.

Considering Pence will throw longer than his season average of 1.5 innings per appearance, North Carolina will have the advantage in a low-scoring game.

Pick: North Carolina -125 or Better · Under

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