Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (17-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (12-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +11 -- Over/Under: 164 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and the North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Sunday in ACC college basketball action.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 12-7 this season and they have won for of their last six games. VT is averaging 77.1 points per game and they are shooting 45.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Zach LeDay leads the Hokies averaging 15.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Seth Allen is averaging 13.6 points, Justin Bibbs is averaging 12.5 points, and Chris Clarke is averaging 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Virginia Tech is 9-3 at home and 4-2 in the ACC.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels are 17-2 this season and they have won their last 10 games in a row. North Carolina is averaging 86.2 points per game and they are shooting 48.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Brice Johnson leads UNC averaging 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Marcus Paige is averaging 13.2 points, Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Joel Berry II is averaging 12.5 points. North Carolina is 2-2 on the road and 6-0 in the ACC.
Virginia Tech is 7-1 against the spread against the ACC, 5-1 against the spread at home against a team with winning road record, and 5-1 against the spread following a win. North Carolina is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 road games, 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600, and 2-5 against the spread against the ACC. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
The total looks to be too high here so my free pick is that this one stays under.