Big Monday Has Close Opening Affair in Blacksburg

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North Carolina and Virginia Tech have been a basketball bettor’s nightmare in ACC action. Between them that have covered two spreads on the closing line, depending on the sportsbook.

The Tar Heels are 5-2 in conference play and to say the oddmakers college basketball odds on them have been accurate is an understatement. North Carolina is 1-3 ATS with THREE push’s! That in and of itself is rather remarkable.

The Hokies are 2-4 and 1-5 ATS in ACC play and actually have beat the spread just once since Dec. 7th.

This televised tilt on ESPN at 7:00 Eastern to start Big Monday opened with coach Roy Williams team as five-point road favorite with total of 164.5. Who has the edge for college basketball picks?

North Carolina Not Scoring As Easily

Most of the Heels (16-4, 9-7-3 ATS) numbers look right, but there something missing. North Carolina is averaging 82.7 points a game, has a rebound margin of +13 and welcomed back four players who played important roles from last year’s championship team. So what is the problem?

North Carolina does not have its usual array of 6’10 or taller players that guard the rim and gather missed shots and put them back in the basket. That is why this Tar Heels team is not up to usual shooting standards and is at 46 percent.

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