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North Carolina vs Virginia Tech 03/10/20 NCAA Basketball Betting Odds and Prediction

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The University of North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in Game 2 of the opening round of the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament on Tuesday evening.

The 14th ranked Tar-Heels finished their regular season campaign with their second loss to the Duke Blue Devils. The loss ended the Tar Heels’ three-game winning streak which was their longest of the current season. The 11th ranked Hokies dropped a 64-56 contest to the Norte Dame Fighting Irish last Saturday. Virginia Tech has won just twice in their last 14 assignments. They beat North Carolina Tar Heels 79-77 in double overtime during their first meeting of the season.

Three Wins in Last Four Games

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels enter the ACC tournament with a record of 13-18. They started the season at 6-1 but they lost 17 out of their last 24 games to finish last in the ACC. The Tar Heels closed out the season with three wins in their last four games played. They beat NC State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest before closing out the season with a loss to Duke.

In their loss to the Blue Devils, Garrison Brooks led the Tar Heels with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Armando Bacot also posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Brandon Robinson chipped in 11 points. UNC committed a total of 22 turnovers and shot only 40.8% from the floor and 33.33% from behind the three-point arc.

The Tar Heels are averaging 72.6 points per game and are giving up 73.1 points per game. They are shooting the ball at a 42.2% clip and pulling down 41.8 rebounds per contest. They are issuing 14.5 assists per game and also blocking 2.9 shots per outing. North Carolina is averaging 5.8 steals per game this year.

Moneyline Odds:

  • North Carolina (-180) | Virginia Tech (+160)
  • Odds from BetOnline as of 03/10/20

Two Wins in Last Fourteen Games

Virginia Tech finished the regular season with a 16-5 record. The Hokies won just twice in their last 14 games played. They closed out the season with a 1-5 record, defeating Clemson while losing to Miami-FL, Duke, Virginia, Louisville, and Notre Dame. They head to the ACC tournament after falling to the Fighting Irish by 8 points in their final assignment of the season.

PJ Horne led the Hokies with 14 points and seven rebounds while Hunter Cattoor added 12 points, four rebounds, and one assist. No other player scored in double digits for Virginia Tech who scored only 17 points in the first half, trailed by 11 points at the break, and never led during the game. The Hokies shot 36.2% from the floor and were outrebounded 27-44.

The Hokies are scoring an average of 69.0 points per game and are allowing their opponents to put up 66.1 points on them. Virginia Tech is shooting 42.4% from the floor and pulling down 34.1 rebounds per game. They are also averaging 14.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 6.0 steals per game this season.

Who Wins?

North Carolina is 3-8 SU in their last 11 games played. The Tar Heels are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games played in March. Virginia Tech is 1-5 SU in their last six games played. The Hokies are 7-13 SU against the ACC this season. Head to head, the Tar Heels are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played against the Hokies.

The Hokies beat the Tar Heels in double overtime during their first meeting of the season.
Virginia Tech has failed to cover the spread in eight out of their last 10 assignments and has lost 10 out of their last 12 games played. North Carolina has played much better in the last couple of weeks as they have won three out of their last four games played.

The Tar Heels have been hit and miss all season long but they have played better in the last four weeks. UNC has scored at least 76 points in their last four assignments including over 85 in three of those games. Virginia Tech beat UNC in their first meeting but this should be a different story. North Carolina has a proud program and they will do anything to avoid getting eliminated in round one of the ACC tournament. The Hokies have won just twice in their last 10 games played.

ODDS-180

MY PICK:
North Carolina

Other Bets to Make

North Carolina is 4-2 ATS in their last six games played. The Tar Heels are 10-10 ATS against the ACC this season. Virginia Tech is 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games played. The Hokies are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games against the ACC. Head to head, the Hokies are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games played against the Tar Heels.

Spread Odds:

  • North Carolina -3.5 (-117) | Virginia Tech +3.5 (-103)
  • Odds from BetOnline as of 03/10/20

The Tar Heels should dominate the boards here and this should lead to more scoring opportunities for them to score more points. UNC is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games played against an opponent with a winning SU record, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games after a loss. Virginia Tech is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games after a loss.

ODDS-117

MY PICK:
North Carolina -3.5

The total has gone over in six out of the last seven games played by the Tar Heels. The over is 6-1 in their last seven games played against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The total has gone under in four out of the last five games played by the Hokies. The under is 7-1 in the last eight games played by Virginia Tech in March. Head to head, the total has gone under in 10 out of the last 13 games played by these two teams.

Over/Under Odds:

  • Over 142 (-105) | Under 142 (-115)
  • Odds from BetOnline as of 03/10/20

Neither of these teams shoots the ball well with the Hokies shooting “better” at 42.4% from the floor. Using its season averages, Virginia Tech’s average total this season is 136.0 points per game. They have scored 70 or fewer points in each of their last five games played. These teams were tied at 60 points at the end of regulation during their first meeting of the season. I don’t expect to see a different game on Tuesday.

ODDS-115

MY PICK:
Under 142