While everyone maybe focused on 19th-ranked North Carolina’s recent struggles on the hard-court, the Tar Heels are still in the running for a double-bye in the ACC tournament. Tonight they can take a step closer to the league’s fourth spot tonight as the Tar Heels gun for their sixth consecutive win over Georgia Tech, which is set to close what’s been a disappointing regular season.
The Tar Heels are 5.5-point favorites on the road then they visit Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Yellow Jackets at the McCamish Pavilion. The game tips at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN U and WatchESPN.
— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) March 1, 2015
Matchup: (19) North Carolina Tar Heels at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Mar. 3, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Stadium: McCamish Pavilion
TV Info: ESPN U
Radio: North Carolina Vs Georgia Tech
Point Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -5.5
North Carolina Will Cover the Spread If
The Tar Heels’ offense is on fire again.
North Carolina destroyed Georgia Tech in the first game between these two. The Tar Heels absolutely demolished the Yellow Jackets 89 to 60 as a -11.5 point favorite. It was a devastating offensive performance by the Tar Heels.
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 3, 2015
How good was North Carolina on offense? The Tar Heels made 38 out of 61 shots. That’s 62.3% from the field. From behind the three-point line, North Carolina cooled off to 55.6% when making 5 out of 9. Marcus Paige, North Carolina’s top guard, and Brice Johnson, their best inside player, were both unreal. Paige was 5 out of 8 from the field and 3 out of 5 from behind the three-point line. Johnson was 7 out of 10 from the field and hit both of his free throws. Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 5 boards while Paige scored 13 points and dished 10 assists.
Georgia Tech Will Cover the Spread If
The Yellow Jackets play much better overall.
Georgia Tech lost by 29 points, 60 to 89, in the first game between these two on Feb. 21. The Yellow Jackets’ defense is simply going to have to be much better than it was in that first battle if Georgia Tech hopes to cover the spread.
— GT Men's Basketball (@GTMBK) March 2, 2015
It’s not just the percentages where Georgia Tech needs to improve. Obviously, if the Yellow Jackets allow North Carolina to shoot 62% from the field again, they’re going to lose the game. But, North Carolina didn’t just dominate from the field. The Tar Heels also out rebounded Georgia Tech 32 to 24 including garnering 11 more defensive rebounds, 27 to 16. North Carolina committed less turnovers and blocked more shots, 5 to 3. For Georgia Tech to cover the spread in this game, they’re going to have to be much better in every facet of the game. They have to be much better on defense, they have to hit the glass and go after offensive rebounds and they have to cut their turnovers.