The North Carolina Tar Heels (8-9, 1-5 ACC) will be at Cassell Coliseum to go head-to-head against the Virginia Tech Hokies (13-5, 4-3 ACC) in an ACC matchup. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and will air on ACC Network.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Odds
Both teams fell in their last matchup. The Hokies lost a winnable game to the Syracuse Orange, 71-69, while the Tar Heels were beaten by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 66-52.
North Carolina had an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.8 (above their season average of 35.6) while Virginia Tech held Syracuse to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.1 (below their season average of 29.2). Virginia Tech was lifted by Nahiem Alleyne, who put up 17 points. Meanwhile, Garrison Brooks was a key piece for North Carolina with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Tar Heels won the only contest between these two teams last year, 103-82. The Tar Heels’ 14.9 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Hokies, who had a mark of 19.0. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Virginia Tech should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Virginia Tech ranks second in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.4 percent), while North Carolina forces the 19th-fewest turnovers (16.5 percent). Additionally, the Tar Heels, who rank 13th in offensive rebounding percentage (36.1 percent), will clash against the Hokies, who rank 60th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.2 percent).
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Over
- Virginia Tech ranks 21st in three pointers attempted per game (27.8) while North Carolina ranks 250th in three pointers allowed per game (26.0).
- The Hokies rank 29th in assists per game (15.8) while the Tar Heels rank 182nd in assists allowed per game (13.8).
- Virginia Tech ranks 30th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while North Carolina ranks 124th (3.8).
- The Hokies rank second in steals allowed per game (4.1) while the Tar Heels rank 172nd (7.5).
- North Carolina ranks first in rebounds per game (43.8) while Virginia Tech ranks 160th (35.4).
- During their last five games, the Hokies have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (6.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.4 points per game (3.1 above their season average).
- The Tar Heels’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.0, up from 0.8 for the season.