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College basketball point spread favors Tar Heels in battle with Hokies

North Carolina Tar HeelsVirginia Tech Hokies
21-7March 01, 2014, 02:30 | Cassell Coliseum9-18

Cassell Coliseum will host Virginia Tech Hokies vs. North Carolina Tar Heels action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Hokies sport a record of 9-18 and 10-12 ATS heading into this battle, while the Tar Heels have 21-7 and 16-12 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-17 for the Hokies and 14-14 for the Tar Heels.

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The Hokies were listed as 10-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game puts the Hokies, most recently No. 333 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tar Heels, who rate No. 8 in the latest survey.

In their last action, North Carolina was an 85-84 winner on the road against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels used a 35-point performance from Marcus Paige to help North Carolina smack North Carolina State 85-84 on Wednesday at PNC Arena.

In their last action, Virginia Tech was a 66-48 loser on the road against Duke. They covered the 20.5-point spread as underdogs. The Hokies endured a 66-48 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils on Tuesday, despite a 15-point effort from Trevor Thompson at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Tar Heels rank No. 7 in NCAA Division 1 with 41.04 per game. That compares with Virginia Tech’s No. 44 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Virginia Tech is college basketball's No. 78-ranked team at 6.96 per game, while the Tar Heels rate No. 252 with 4.18 per game.

A few Tar Heels at Hokies trends to consider:
North Carolina is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Virginia Tech's last 9 games
Virginia Tech is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
North Carolina home to Notre Dame, Monday, March 3rd
Virginia Tech at Maryland, Tuesday, March 4th