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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/1/14

North Carolina Tar Heels (21-7) at Virginia Tech Hokies (9-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Cassell Coliseum)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Virginia Tech to play the Hokies on Saturday afternoon.

The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 21-7, 11-4 ACC after beating in-state rival North Carolina State in over time 85-84 on Wednesday night. On the season, the Tar Heels are led by Marcus Paige, who is averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 4.6 assists per game this season. James Michael McAdoo is averaging a second-best 14.4 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Brice Johnson has stepped up and is averaging 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. North Carolina is shooting 46.3% from the field while averaging a solid 77 points per game as a team this season. North Carolina ranks 8th in the country in rebounding, pulling down 40.9 boards per game as a team. The Tar Heels, led by Paige are also one of the best distributing teams, averaging 15.9 assists per game this season. North Carolina has won ten straight games after losing four out of five to start conference play. The Tar Heels will stay on the road where they have won four straight games in conference play.

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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/1/14

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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 9-18, 2-13 ACC after losing at Duke 66-48 on Tuesday night. On the season, Jarell Eddie is leading the Hokies in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Devin Wilson is averaging 9 points per game along with a team-high 4.7 assists per game. The Hokies are an awful offensive team, averaging only 64.6 points per game while shooting 41.2% from the field as a team this season. The Hokies have lost thirteen out of their last fourteen games overall, and have only beaten Miami in the ACC this season. Virginia Tech will be back at home where they have lost seven conference games this season.

Virginia Tech has nothing but pride to play for and that won’t be enough against the surging Tar Heels. North Carolina is finally on everyone’s radar and they will be a force come tournament time. The Tar Heels win big on Saturday.

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