North Carolina at Virginia Tech - 3/10/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

North Carolina at Virginia Tech - 3/10/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Michael Thomas Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (13-18) at Virginia Tech Hokies (16-15)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +3.5 -- Over/Under: 142

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The North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels (13-18, 6-14 CONF) and the Virginia Tech Hokies (16-15, 7-13 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 10th for the New York Life ACC Conference Tournament 1st Round game at a neutral site at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time and the winner will play Syracuse in the second round. 

UNC is coming off an 89-76 loss to Duke in their last game of the regular season. That loss snapped a three-game win streak for UNC. UNC is surprisingly at the bottom of the ACC standings in a season where they had a lot of hype heading into it. Virginia Tech ended its regular season with a 64-56 road loss to Notre Dame. Virginia Tech has lost four of its last five games overall.

UNC scores 72.6 points per game on 42.2 percent field goal shooting this season. UNC’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Garrison Brooks, who scores 16.7 points per game and earns 8.8 rebounds per game. UNC allows 73.1 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -.5 scoring differential so far this season. UNC also earns 41.8 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game as a team. 

Virginia Tech scores 69.0 points per game on 42.4 percent field goal shooting this season. Virginia Tech’s leading scorer is G Landers Nolley II, who scores 15.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for Virginia Tech is G Tyrece Radford, who earns 6.4 rebounds per game. Virginia Tech allows 66.1 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.9 scoring differential so far this season. Virginia Tech also earns 34.1 rebounds, 14.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, 6.0 steals per game as a team. 

UNC is 13-18 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. UNC is also 2-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Virginia Tech is 12-19 against the spread this season and 2-8 against the spread in their last ten games. Virginia Tech is also 1-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.

No matter what their record is, UNC will always be a tough team to face for any team in the country. This was just not UNC's year, but that does not mean they are going to lay down and die in this ACC Tournament. I like UNC to pick up at least one win in the ACC Tourney and defeat Virginia Tech by a solid margin. I will take UNC and lay the points. 

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