North Carolina vs Tennessee Odds, Pick | How to Bet Sunday’s NCAA Baseball Showdown

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North Carolina vs Tennessee Odds

Sunday, June 16
7 p.m. ET
ESPN
North Carolina Odds
RunlineTotalMoneyline
+1.5
-115
10.5
-125o / -105u
+145
Tennessee Odds
RunlineTotalMoneyline
-1.5
-115
10.5
-125o / -105u
-180
Odds via bet365 . Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

Omaha, Neb. — The victors of Friday’s College World Series opening games are set to share the spotlight during prime time on Father’s Day.

North Carolina took another close game and have won four straight with a run margin of +5 dating back to Regionals against LSU. The late-inning heroics of Vance Honeycutt at the plate were the difference in getting past fellow ACC program Virginia.

Another Vance Honeycutt Walk-Off!

UNC beats Virginia 3-2 pic.twitter.com/Plaiq3KA9L

— Tar Heel Tapes (@TarHeelTapes) June 14, 2024

On the other side of the bracket, Tennessee was in jeopardy of losing its fifth straight Omaha opener, but an offensive assault against Florida State generated heavy drama.

Christian Moore not only hit for the cycle, but his key double in the ninth inning set the table for Billy Burke to tie the game and Dylan Dreiling to knock in the winning run.

The game's apex came on Burke's at-bat, as he had a controversial check swing with two strikes and two outs.

The angle of Blake Burke’s check swing that I didn’t see.

I owe FSU fans an apology.

Tag a Florida State fan pic.twitter.com/MxKUTHejXz

— Doc Moses (@docrm10) June 15, 2024

North Carolina is expected to start Shea Sprague, who averages 4.6 innings per outing. The southpaw played a critical role in the Heels' opening Regional win over LSU but gave up four earned runs in five innings in the Super Regional against West Virginia.

Tennessee will send its best starter in Drew Beam to the mound, as the junior looks to rebound from a quick exit against Evansville. Beam has failed to eclipse 87 pitches in any start May 17, giving up 14 earned runs in his last three appearances.

North Carolina vs Tennessee

Betting Picks & Prediction

Tennessee projects at -116 with Beam on the mound against Sprague. North Carolina head coach Scott Forbes indicated that closer Dalton Pence will likely be involved in this game after throwing 29 pitches in the win over Virginia.

"Dalton is Dalton — he's been our horse the whole season," Forbes said. "And the thing I like the most, looking at this box score, is he only threw 29 pitches. So, that horse is going to be back out there most likely on Sunday night."

The Tar Heels also used Matt Poston in relief and have yet to send another lights-out closer in Matthew Matthjis to the mound.

The total projects at 13.1, taking in projected innings for the starters, stoppers and closers, along with ERA, FIP and xFIP.

The wind forecast expects Sunday night to be similar to the afternoon — 20 mph gusts, pushing the ball from right to left field. Balls sent to the left-center gap could have a chance to clear the fence.

Pick: North Carolina +1.5 (-110)

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