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North Carolina vs Virginia Tech Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds
Tar Heels vs Hokies Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Tech Hokies
- Where: Blacksburg at Cassell Coliseum
- Date: Sunday, December 4th
- Betting Odds: North Carolina -1, NCAR -113 | VTECH -109 O/U 141.5
Tar Heels Preview:
The North Carolina Tar Heels head into today’s game in what will be their 9th game of the season, posting a record of 5-3. On the road, the Tar Heels will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 1-3. This season, North Carolina has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1. For today’s contest, North Carolina have a betting line set -1 points in their favor.
North Carolina will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Love who is averaging 19.12 points per game for the Tar Heels. Love is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tar Heels’ offensive gameplan is the play of Armando Bacot who has hit 54.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.12 points per game.
So far this season, North Carolina has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (45th). This strong figure has come despite the Tar Heels playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.2% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. North Carolina’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%
The Virginia Tech will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 7-1. So far this season, Virginia Tech has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-0. When looking at the betting lines, Virginia Tech will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +1 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 5-4 as the betting underdog.
Virginia Tech’s leading scorer this season is Sean Pedulla who is averaging 17.12 points per contest. So far, Pedulla has accounted for 22.31% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.38 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Grant Basile is the second leading scorer for the Hokies, averaging 14.12 points per game. Between him and Basile, they are accounting for 40.7% of the team’s scoring.
Virginia Tech comes into their matchup vs North Carolina looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 215th in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 39.3%. So far, 41.43% of the Hokies’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 62.1 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Virginia Tech Hokies +1
Heading into this matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Virginia Tech Hokies we have a strong lean on taking the points with Virginia Tech at +1. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Virginia Tech to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Virginia Tech Hokies at +1. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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