The Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney meeting between the Virginia Tech Hokies (16-15, 7-13 ACC) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (13-18, 6-14 ACC) will be played at Greensboro Coliseum. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Preview
In the Tar Heels’ last outing, they fell to the No. 12 Duke Blue Devils, 89-76. North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks had a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting. Duke did a fantastic job of making free throws (29-33; 87.9 percent). North Carolina, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 15.4).
The Hokies are trying to rebound after their 64-56 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their last outing. P.J. Horne led Virginia Tech in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Notre Dame held the Hokies to an offensive rebounding percentage of 7.9 (below their season average of 21.3). Virginia Tech, meanwhile, forced the Fighting Irish into a turnover percentage of 21.4 (above their season average of 12.3).
Virginia Tech could put on a ball-control clinic in this meeting. Virginia Tech ranks fifth in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.9 percent), while North Carolina forces the 28th-fewest turnovers (16.5 percent).
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Under
The Hokies rank third in steals allowed per game (4.2) while the Tar Heels rank 158th (6.8).
Virginia Tech blocks 2.9 opponent shots per game, which ranks 134th in the NCAA. North Carolina ranks 172nd in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
Virginia Tech averages 27.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. North Carolina ranks 266th in three pointers allowed per game (24.7).
The Tar Heels rank second in rebounds per game (41.8) while the Hokies rank 221st in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
Virginia Tech averages 14.7 assists per game, which ranks 43rd in the NCAA. North Carolina ranks 201st in assists allowed per game (13.8).
The Hokies have been outscored by an average of 7.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Virginia Tech has defeated opponents by an average of 2.8 points.
During their last five games, the Tar Heels have scored an average of 80.2 points per game (9.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.4 points per game (9.6 above their season average).