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North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (12-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets face off on Saturday in ACC college basketball action.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 12-2 this season and they have won their last five games including their ACC opener against Clemson. UNC is averaging 86.6 points and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Brice Johnson leads the Tar Heels averaging 15.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Marcus Paige is averaging 15 points, Justin Jackson is averaging 13.4 points, and Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. North Carolina is one of the best teams in the nation but winning the ACC should prove to be a pretty big test.

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 10-3 this season and they have won their last three games. Georgia Tech is averaging 77.7 points and they are shooting 46 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Marcus Georges-Hunt leads the Yellow Jackets averaging 14.5 points per game. Adam Smith is averaging 13.1 points, Charles Mitchell is averaging 12.8 points and 11.6 rebounds, and Nick Jacobs is averaging 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. Georgia Tech looks to be improved but we will find out soon enough just how much.

North Carolina is 3-1-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread and 1-4 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. Georgia Tech is 18-7-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 3-7-1 against the spread following a win. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Kennedy Meeks is out for the Heels and this is a big number so while I don’t love the game I will take the points.

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +14.5

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