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Georgia Tech vs North Carolina Betting Odds – Tar Heels will bounce-back at home

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/15/2010 2:43:55 PM

NCAA Basketball Odds: Pick North Carolina


Georgia Tech vs North Carolina betting odds pits two teams who have struggled on the road of late. Georgia Tech has been brutal away from home all year long while North Carolina is coming off a beating at the hands of Clemson. Online betting cappers haven’t seen the Tar Heels lose in such lopsided fashion since 2003, so look for a serious bounce-back on Saturday.

WHAT: NCAA basketball betting
WHEN: Dean E. Smith Center – Chapel Hill, NC
WHERE: Saturday, January 16th – 2:00 PM ET
KEY STAT:Yellow Jackets have lost two of three road games this year


The Storyline - Georgia Tech vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown
Both teams are coming off a hideous performance, which should make this a good game. The Yellow Jackets, who recently beat Duke at home, were upended by the Virginia Cavaliers. That loss could hurt come selection Sunday.

Meanwhile, North Carolina was dumped by the Clemson Tigers in an 83-64 route. The Tar Heels played so poorly that head coach Roy Williams, who has brought two national championships in seven seasons to his alma mater, stated publicly that he is doing a poor job. His team should be fired up on Saturday.

Offensive Matchups - Georgia Tech vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown
Were the Jackets simply looking ahead to North Carolina during their loss to Virginia? They were extremely sloppy on the boards and with the basketball. While the team that was 20th-ranked has weapons and they have been erratic from the free throw line of late. Not a good omen when you’re heading to Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels have had to replace a lot of talent from last year, hence the inconsistencies. Forwards Deon Thompson and Ed Davis were not a big factor in the Clemson contest but they should be ready for this game. Georgia Tech has been a little soft on the interior and UNC has an advantage here.

Betting Edge: North Carolina


Defensive Matchups - Georgia Tech vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown
The Georgia Tech defense is a frustrating one to face. They established themselves as a strong defensive team last year and Sportsbook odds makers have noticed that they are even tougher this year, which is why their totals have been dropping. They held Duke to just 6-of-28 from three-point land. In this game, they’ll have to contain UNC inside.

Meanwhile, North Carolina was thrashed against Clemson and their defense came into question. But sometimes it takes a performance like that to really lay the cards on the table and to get back on track. The Tar Heels have plenty of talent and considering how they have played at home this year, they should be focused to play better.

Betting Edge: North Carolina


Coaching Matchup - Georgia Tech vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown
Paul Hewitt has done a good job with Georgia Tech but they are no North Carolina. Hewitt has instilled some toughness and some good defensive presence, but his team still hasn’t taken the next step.

Meanwhile, Roy Williams is one of the best in the business. That should be on display this Saturday after he called himself and his team out following the Clemson game.

Betting Edge: North Carolina


Betting Prediction - Georgia Tech vs North Carolina betting odds maker breakdown
The Tar Heels are 12-5 on the year but just 1-5 on the road. That means they have played much better at home than away and that figures to be a big key for Saturday’s game.

They absolutely crushed Georgia Tech last February and own a 60-20 all-time record against them .The Yellow Jackets will look for revenge but this is a bad time for. After a bad loss, North Carolina is going to be really focused to get another credible ACC win.

WASHINGTON’S PICK: North Carolina

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