North Carolina (5-3, 0-1) at Georgia Tech (4-3, 0-1)
The Tar Heels have a commanding 59-25 advantage in the series with the Yellow Jackets as they have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series. Georgia Tech took the only meeting last season as the Jackets posted a 96-83 win in the Dean E. Smith Center. Georgia Tech is 12-13 vs. the Heels dating back to the 2001-02 season.
Vs. the Spread:
The Tar Heels are 1-4 ATS and eight of the last 10 Carolina basketball games have gone UNDER. UNC is 7-3 ATS in the Tar Heels’ last 10 meetings with Georgia Tech. Something has to give on these recent point spreads as the Yellow Jackets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven. The total has gone UNDER in six of Georgia Tech’s last seven games when playing at home against the Tar Heels.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|North Carolina||-3 (-115)||-165||O 143 (-102)|
|Georgia Tech||+3 (-105)||+145||U 143 (-118)|
Last Time Out:
The Tar Heels fell at NC State, 79-76, as the Wolfpack built a 17-point lead before a late North Carolina rally fell short. The Tar Heels accrued 18 turnovers which allowed for 19 Wolfpack points. Armando Bacot led four Heels in double figures with 16 points.
The Yellow Jackets had their last game with UAB on Dec. 23 cancelled due to COVID-19 protocol. They haven’t played since Dec. 20 when they rolled Delaware State, 97-69. Jose Alvarado led Georgia Tech with 29 points as the Jackets ballooned their lead to as many as 32 in the second half.
North Carolina’s 3-point game struggles as the Tar Heels only shoot 25.6 percent from three. Role player Andrew Platek is the best option at 9-of-21, but coach Roy Williams is looking for his freshman shooters in Caleb Love (4-of-34) and R.J. Davis (10-of-31) to get on rolls which will help repair an offense that has struggled so far….
Seeing a Yellow Jackets’ defensive 3-point game that yields 38.6 percent from the field could be the panacea for the UNC if it can knock down the open jumpers. Around 37 percent of GT’s opponents’ shot selection is from behind the arc…..Armando Bacot (12.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Garrison Brooks (11.5 ppg/7.4 rpg) lead UNC from the paint….Carolina has a plus-13 advantage on the glass this season while GT is at a plus-1.5.
Josh Pastner has an overall advantage in experience as Georgia Tech is the sixth most experienced team in the nation with an average of 2.53 years. Senior guard Jose Alvarado (16.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg) has been nothing short of sensational in teaming with Moses Wright (19.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) for one of the top one-two punches in the nation.
Wright leads the ACC in scoring and he is eighth in rebounding as he has scored 20-plus points four times this season. Michael Devoe has started to percolate as well in the last four games in averaging 13.5 points while making 19-of-40 shots.
Winner: Georgia Tech (+3) 77, North Carolina 70
O/U: Take OVER 143