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North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Tech Hokies (8-8) at North Carolina Tar Heels (13-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Tech Hokies face off on Sunday at the Dean E. Smith Center in ACC college basketball action.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 13-4 this season and ranked 15th in the nation and they are on a two game winning streak. UNC is averaging 79.6 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 36.6 percent. Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels averaging 13.9 points per game. Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, Brice Johnson is averaging 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, and Justin Jackson is averaging 9.4 points. North Carolina is 6-2 at home this season.

North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Virginia Tech Hokies are 8-8 this season and they have lost their last four games. VT is averaging 69 points and they are shooting 47 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Justin Bibbs leads the Hokies averaging 13.6 points per game. Adam Smith is averaging 13.1 points, Joey van Zegeren is averaging 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Ahmed Hill is averaging 8.4 points. Virginia Tech is 0-4 on the road this season.

North Carolina is 1-8 against the spread against the ACC, 5-12 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 23-8 against the spread in their last 31 home games against a team with a losing road record. Virginia Tech is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600 and 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning home record. Virginia Tech is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against North Carolina.

This is a monster number but this weekend has been a blowout type weekend and I look for the Heels to continue that trend here. 

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North Carolina -22.5

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