ACC foes will collide when the Virginia Tech Hokies (13-5, 4-3 ACC) take on the North Carolina Tar Heels (8-9, 1-5 ACC) at Cassell Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Preview
The Tar Heels were beaten by the Pittsburgh Panthers in their last matchup, 66-52. Garrison Brooks put together a solid game for North Carolina, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Pittsburgh did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (19-27; 70.4 percent). North Carolina, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.8 (above their season average of 35.6).
In the Hokies’ last game, they were topped by the Syracuse Orange, 71-69. Nahiem Alleyne was Virginia Tech’s high scorer with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Syracuse had a turnover percentage of 5.8 (better than their season average of 15.8). Virginia Tech, on the other hand, held the Orange to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.1 (below their season average of 29.2).
Virginia Tech should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Virginia Tech ranks second in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.4 percent), while North Carolina forces the 19th-fewest turnovers (16.5 percent). Additionally, the Tar Heels rank 13th in offensive rebounding percentage (36.1 percent), while the Hokies rank 60th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.2 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Tar Heels won the sole game last season, 103-82. The Tar Heels dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 14.9 and a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.657. For those same stats, the Hokies had marks of 19.0 and 0.549, respectively.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – North Carolina, ATS Winner – North Carolina, O/U – Under
The Hokies rank 29th in assists per game (15.8) while the Tar Heels rank 182nd in assists allowed per game (13.8).
Virginia Tech ranks 30th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while North Carolina ranks 124th (3.8).
Virginia Tech averages 27.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 21st in the NCAA. North Carolina ranks 250th in three pointers allowed per game (26.0).
The Hokies rank second in steals allowed per game (4.1) while the Tar Heels rank 172nd (7.5).
North Carolina ranks first in rebounds per game (43.8) while Virginia Tech ranks 160th (35.4).
The Hokies have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. For the season, Virginia Tech has defeated opponents by an average of 9.5 points.
During their last five games, the Tar Heels have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (3.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.2 points per game (9.5 above their season average).