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NCAA hoops odds preview - Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina

Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Jan 23, 9:00 PM | Dean Smith Center

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds


Georgia Tech pays a visit to North Carolina on Wednesday, hoping to send the Tar Heels to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Dean Smith Center.

Supporters of the Yellow Jackets have watched them go 10-6 and 6-8 ATS on the year, while the Tar Heels are at 12-5 and 9-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Tar Heels are 6-9, while the Yellow Jackets have a 8-6 mark.

View Georgia Tech vs North Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, North Carolina sat as 9.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Tar Heels sit at No. 26 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Yellow Jackets sit at No. 89 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Tar Heels will win this game 78-74.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Yellow Jackets is ranked No. 60 in NCAA hoops at 38.1 per game. Contrast that with North Carolina’s No. 2 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Carolina is the No. 73-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while Georgia Tech rates No. 256 at 5.3 per game.

Defensively, Georgia Tech features the nation's No. 271-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.8 points per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 nationally in scoring at home.

Georgia Tech was a 73-57 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Duke. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. Georgia Tech suffered a 73-57 loss against Duke on Thursday, getting 20 points from Chris Bolden in a losing effort at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

North Carolina was a 62-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Maryland. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The Tar Heels grabbed a 62-52 win over the Terrapins on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Reggie Bullock at Dean Smith Center.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Wake Forest are 1-9
After playing Duke are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 10-0
Before playing North Carolina State are 8-2
After playing Maryland are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Yellow Jackets at Tar Heels trends to consider:
Georgia Tech is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
Georgia Tech is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Georgia Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 5 games
North Carolina is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Georgia Tech
North Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing Georgia Tech

Next up:
Georgia Tech home to Wake Forest, Saturday, January 26
North Carolina at North Carolina State, Saturday, January 26