Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (20-9) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-17)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hank McCarmish Pavilion)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The North Carolina Tar Heels will travel to the McCamish Pavilion to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 20-9 (10-6 ACC) on the season after defeating the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 73-64, this past Saturday. North Carolina shot 45.6% from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tar Heels was Brice Johnson who had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assist. North Carolina is ranked 12th in the RPI Standings and has played the 2nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Tar Heels have been led by Marcus Paige (13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Brice Johnson (12.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg). North Carolina is averaging 78.1 ppg (ranked 17th) on 47.0% shooting (ranked 38th). The Tar Heels average 17.8 apg (ranked 1st) and commit 12.6 turnovers per game (ranked 173rd) North Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg (ranked 231st) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 39th). The Tar Heels average 42.21 total rpg (ranked 2nd) and have a rebound margin of 8.9 (ranked 3rd).
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dropped to 12-17 (3-14 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Clemson Tigers, 70-63, this past Saturday. Georgia Tech shot 33.3% from the field and 27.3% (69-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was Marcus Georges-Hunt who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Georgia Tech is ranked 117th in the RPI Standings and has played the 17th ranked SOS. On the season, the Yellow Jackets have been led by Marcus Georges-Hunt (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Charles Mitchell (9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.5 bpg). Georgia Tech is averaging 63.7 ppg (ranked 264th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 284th). The Yellow Jackets average 11.8 apg (ranked 238th) and commit 12.7 turnovers per game (ranked 178th). Georgia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg (ranked 112th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 203rd). The Yellow Jackets pull down 38.14 total rpg (ranked 26th) and commit 16.9 personal fouls per game (ranked 75th).
The Tar Heels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U record however, just 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Yellow Jackets are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
North Carolina has struggled as of late dropping 5 of their last 8 games, however, did pick up a nice victory at Miami this past weekend. Georgia Tech has dropped their last three games, including a 89-60 loss at North Carolina a little more than a week ago. Both of these teams defend the three-pointer well and do a lot of their damage on the fast-break or in the paint. Although North Carolina has struggled a bit, I think they match-up well with Georgia Tech and that they'll be able to score of their fast-break and cover this spread. I'm taking North Carolina to cover.