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Tar Heels vs Hokies College Hoops Game Preview

North Carolina Tar HeelsVirginia Tech Hokies
Jan 19, 9:00 PM | Cassell Coliseum

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds


The Virginia Tech Hokies will hit the floor running against the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Supporters of the Tar Heels have watched them go 15-3 and 9-8 ATS on the year, while the Hokies are at 11-6 and 6-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Hokies are 4-9, while the Tar Heels have a 8-8-1 mark.

View North Carolina vs Virginia Tech Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Hokies as 6-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hokies - Tar Heels odds would favor the Tar Heels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Virginia Tech is rated No. 39 in the current Odds Shark poll, while North Carolina is at No. 15. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 88-79 win for the Tar Heels.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Virginia Tech's No. 120-rated squad against North Carolina's No. 1-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Virginia Tech rates No. 197 in the country with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 257 nationally with 5.2 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, North Carolina owns the country's No. 239-rated mark, allowing 73.2 points per game on the highway. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 137 in scoring at home.

North Carolina was a 90-57 loser in its last match on the road against Florida State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. North Carolina was run off the court by the Seminoles on Saturday as Florida State routed them 90-57 at Tucker Center.

Virginia Tech was a 61-59 loser in its last match on the road against Boston College. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Tech suffered a 61-59 loss against Boston College on Saturday, getting 14 points from Victor Davila in a losing effort at Conte Forum.

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing North Carolina State are 8-2
After playing Florida State are 8-2
After a loss are 9-1

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Virginia are 6-4
After playing Boston College are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Tar Heels at Hokies trends to consider:
North Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of North Carolina's last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia Tech's last 7 games when playing North Carolina
Virginia Tech is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
North Carolina home to North Carolina State, Thursday, January 26
Virginia Tech at Virginia, Sunday, January 22