North Carolina Tar Heels (13-18) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (16-15)
NCAA Men's Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Greensboro Coliseum Complex)
Line and Odds: North Carolina -4 -- Over/Under 141.5
Free NCAA Basketball Pick North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies
The first round of the coveted ACC tournament kicks off today in Greensboro. In the second game of the day, the Tar Heels will attempt a Uconn-esque miracle as they fight for the automatic bid. It has been a disappointing season for Roy William's squad lingering at the bottom of the ACC. Unlike the Heels, no one had high expectations for this Virginia Tech team. Buzz Williams left them to go to college station in the summer, along with their best player (Kerry Blackshear) transferring to Florida. One team's season is coming to an end today in Greensboro only time will tell.
In Mike's Young first year, the team performed at a mediocre level going 16-15 on the season. He did a good job taking over a team that was in shambles after their best player and coach decided to leave this past summer. The Hokies come into the conference tournament having lost four out of their last five games. But that doesn't mean much considering it is a clean slate for everyone coming into the tourney. So let's see if the Hokies have some magic left in them this season and can make a run for an automatic bid.
The Hokies on offense are ranked 244th in the country averaging 68.97 points per game while shooting 42.37% from the floor. Landers Nolley II is Virginia Tech's leading scorer with 15.6 PPG ranking him 9th in the ACC in points per game. Wabissa Bede is 4th in the ACC in assists per game with 5.5 per contest.
Defensively, is where the Hokies actually have had very much success on the season. They are holding opponents to 66.13 points per game while letting them shoot 41.48% from the field. Mike Young has them ranked 84th in the country for points allowed per game.
It may be Cole Anthony's last shot at redemption on the season as this game is do or die for the Tar Heels. If North Carolina can somehow capture the ACC tournament bid they will be a dangerous team in the NCAA tournament. They would be "getting hot at the right time" as they say. The Heels come into the tourney having won three of their last five. In that span, their two losses came against Duke and Louisville, who are two top ten teams in the nation. Nonetheless, it'll be a difficult task having to win four straight games to just get into the big dance.
Cole Anthony is the ACC's and the teams leading scorer with 19.9 PPG. Offensively, North Carolina averages 72.65 points per meeting while shooting 42.20% from the floor. The Heels are 3-1 in their four games played on a neutral court, we all know the work they did in Atlantis earlier this season. Garrison Brooks is also at the top of the ACC in scoring with 16.7 PPG ranking him 4th.
On the defensive side of the ball, it has been much better late than earlier this season. North Carolina is surrendering 73.10 points per game allowing teams to shoot 42.46% from the floor. They rank 280th in the nation in points allowed per game and rank nearly at the bottom of every defensive category.
Cover The Spread 365 Basketball Betting Trends
- Virginia Tech are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games.
- Hokies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games this season.
- Virginia Tech is 1-2 SU in games played at a Neutral Site this season.
- North Carolina are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games.
- Tar Heels are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
- North Carolina are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games against Virginia Tech.
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