Virginia Tech Hokies vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
The Virginia Tech Hokies look for their first ACC win while the North Carolina Tar Heels look to bounce back from their first ACC loss as they meet on Thursday in Blacksburg. The Tar Heels are -6 point favorites over the Hokies with an over/under point total set at 144.
The Virginia Tech Hokies were on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament team as they were on the bubble when it burst on selection Sunday but this season it doesn’t look like it will be an issue as Seth Greenburg’s team doesn’t look tournament worthy. VT is 8-2 at home, 0-3 in ACC play, and 0-4 against teams with an RPI better than 50. Erick Green is averaging 16.1 points, Dorenzo Hudson is averaging 11.4 points, and Jarell Eddie is averaging 9.5 points. As a team Virginia Tech is averaging 68.8 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.6 points and their opponents shoot 39.6 percent. Virginia Tech doesn’t look like they have any breaks coming up as they have Virginia, BYU, and Duke after this one.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have been ranked in the top 10 all season long but Roy Williams’ team looked like anything but as they were trounced by Florida State. UNC is now 1-2 on the road, 2-1 in the ACC, and 2-3 against teams with a RPI better than 50. Harrison Barnes is averaging 16.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, John Henson is averaging 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds, Tyler Zeller is averaging 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds, and Kendall Marshall is averaging 9.6 assists. As a team North Carolina is averaging 85.2 points, 18.7 assists, 46.1 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 47.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points and their opposition is shooting 38.6 percent. The Heels will be hungry to bounce back in a big way, it’s just a matter if the home court Hokies allow it to happen.
Virginia Tech is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five ACC games. North Carolina is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4-1 against the spread against the ACC, and 0-4 against the spread following a loss of 20 or more points. North Carolina is 1-5 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.
North Carolina is far and away the better team here and they should be plenty focused after the loss at FSU and while I never like laying too big of a number with a road team I am going to do it here.
North Carolina Tar Heels -6 Virginia Tech Hokies