NCAA hoops odds preview - North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech
North Carolina Tar Heels vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Alexander Memorial Coliseum Tuesday as host Georgia Tech looks to handle the North Carolina Tar Heels in NCAA hoops action.
Supporters of the Tar Heels have watched them go 17-8 and 14-9 ATS on the year, while the Yellow Jackets are at 14-10 and 11-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Yellow Jackets are 12-10, while the Tar Heels have a 12-11 mark.
The Yellow Jackets were listed as 2-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Yellow Jackets at No. 65 and the Tar Heels at No. 47 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 76-73 result in favor of the Tar Heels.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Georgia Tech has the nation's No. 258-rated offensive output, at 64.1 PPG. The visiting Tar Heels defense ranks No. 258 allowing on average 70 PPG. The Yellow Jackets FG% has averaged 41.7% so far, less than the Tar Heels marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.
Defensively, North Carolina features the nation's No. 299-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.5 points per game. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, comes in at No. 280 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for North Carolina, they were a 93-81 winner as they battled Virginia at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. P.J. Hairston went off for 29 points and added 7 rebounds, leading North Carolina over Virginia, 93-81, on Saturday at Dean Smith Center.
Last time out for Georgia Tech, they were a 57-56 winner as they battled Wake Forest on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. The Yellow Jackets got 16 points from Marcus Georges-Hunt as Georgia Tech ran past Wake Forest 57-56 on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing North Carolina State are 8-2
After playing Virginia are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Virginia are 6-4
After playing Wake Forest are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
A few Tar Heels at Yellow Jackets trends to consider:
North Carolina is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina's last 9 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech
North Carolina is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
North Carolina is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is 9-0-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against North Carolina
Georgia Tech is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against North Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Tech's last 5 games
Georgia Tech is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
North Carolina home to North Carolina State, Saturday, February 23
Georgia Tech at Virginia, Sunday, February 24