North Carolina Tar Heels (15-4) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-9)Date : 01/29/2019
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : McCamish Pavilion
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
North Carolina Tar Heels vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets return home to McCamish Pavilion after playing on the road in their latest outing and they will play host to the North Carolina Tar Heels in an ACC clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. North Carolina has been one of the top teams in the ACC this season as they sit at 5-1 which has them in striking distance of 1st place while Georgia Tech is in the process of rebuilding their program which has led to some lopsided affairs.
North Carolina Tar Heels's Latest Performance :
North Carolina has endured an abundance of emotions this season as they have seen themselves win a ton of games as well as lose to teams they shouldn’t have, but this team is playing at a high level coming into this game as they are riding a 3 game win streak which has them .5 games out of 1st place in the ACC. UNC has had a long break in between their last game and this upcoming match as they last played on 1/21 where they beat Virginia Tech at home 103-82. Freshmen guard Coby White had one of the biggest games of his young career as he was able to record 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, White comes into this game as the 3rd leading scorer as he is averaging 14.9 PPG and 4 APG. White wasn’t the only freshmen to contribute against Virginia Tech as Nassir Little came off the bench for Roy Williams and delivered 23 points and 6 rebounds which is well above his season average of 10.6 PPG and 4.4 RPG. The leading scorer on the season for the Tar Heels has been the former Pittsburgh transfer Cameron Johnson as he comes into this game averaging 15.5 PPG and 5.6 RPG. Johnson is joined in the frontcourt by senior Luke Maye who is averaging just shy of a double-double as he is averaging 14.4 PPG and 9.7 RPG. While UNC is one of the top offensive teams in the nation they will need to improve their defense as they let Virginia Tech score 82 points as well as go 46% from behind the arc.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets's Latest Performance :
Georgia Tech has a young team with a program that hasn’t had much success in the past but regardless they have played better than expected as they come into this game with a 3-4 ACC record. Georgia Tech ran into the brick wall in the Duke Blue Devils in their recent outing as they lost 66-53 at home this past Saturday. Sophomore gaurd Jose Alverado is the top Yellow Jacket this season as he comes into this game averaging 13.5 PPG and 3.3 APG, and while he was only able to attribute 7 points against Duke he made his impact felt elsewhere as he had 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The leading scorer in this game was an unlikely source as Abdoulaye Gueye was able to contribute 14 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out, the senior forward comes into this game averaging 6.4 PPG and 4.1 RPG. Josh Pastner would like to start seeing more production out of his top recruit in freshmen guard Michael Devoe as he is averaging 8.9 PPG and 3.1 APG, Devoe was able to eclipse that total against the Blue Devils with 11 points and 3 rebounds. Sophomore forward Evan Cole delivered most of the bench points for Georgia Tech as he recorded 7 points which is slightly above his season average of 4.9 PPG. Georgia Tech is a fairly solid defensive team as they rank inside the top 25 in team defense and they showed us that against arguably the best offense in college basketball as they held Duke to 10% from behind the arc as well as forced 13 turnovers.
How North Carolina Tar Heels & Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
UNC is 11-5-3 ATS, 5-1 ATS on the road.
Georgia Tech is 14-6 ATS, 8-5 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
UNC ranks 3rd in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 88.1 PPG while Georgia Tech ranks 291st as they score an average of 68.4 PPG.
Georgia Tech ranks 23rd in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 63.6 PPG while UNC ranks 243rd as they hold opponents to an average of 73.8 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: North Carolina Tar Heels
My reason for the pick :
Georgia Tech is still light years away from being on the same level as the UNC Tar Heels program and I think we will see that in this matchup as UNC wins this game no problem on the road. UNC is shooting the ball really well this season and while Georgia Tech has a solid defense it won’t be enough to stop the UNC offense who has shown scoring with both their starters and bench. The freshmen duo of White and Little looks to have figured it out over the Tar Heels win streak and add them in with the likes of Maye and Johnson and we have a really good team. UNC will look to run the floor in this one which will prevent Georgia Tech from getting their defense set up. UNC is very good ATS on the road and I think we see that in this one.
Betting trends for North Carolina Tar Heels:
- North Carolina is 4-0 ATS as a road favorite this season.
Betting trends for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets:
- The under is 8-2 when Georgia Tech is an underdog this season.