Tar Heels NCAAB Betting Favorites Over Virginia TechPosted by: Charlie Smith
Tuesday’s round of NCAAB betting action saw No. 1Villanova fall to unranked Marquette 74-72. There’s no doubt that loss will affect their standing and all the other top-ranking programs have certainly taken heed. Not many sportsbook fans could have foreseen the Wildcats conceding a loss to a lesser team, but even in the NBA – where the Warriors and Cavs have recently been getting upset – the most eminent teams are dropping like flies. However, in the NBA no teams have arisen to dethrone to the top competitors. But in the NCAA it seems all too likely for another contender to come along and capitalize on the situation.
One such team that could make a dominant push is North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels are currently sitting on a 18-3 record that ranks them 1st in the ACC. North Carolina has suffered some disheartening losses this season, but right now the Tar Heels are riding high on a 7-game win streak. They might not have faced the toughest competition but if they keep winning they are bound to rise in the rankings.
Wednesday night, North Carolina will be hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Hokies are unranked but will have to find a way to contend with No. 9 North Carolina. Let’s see who the bookies think is most deserving of a bet on basketball lines.
NCAAB BETTING – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, January 26th
Virginia Tech Hokies +15 (-110) 162½ (-110)
North Carolina Tar Heels -15 (-110) 162½ (-110)
Expectedly, the sportsbooks have come out in favor of the nationally ranked team. However, Virginia should not be so easily dismissed. The Hokies are also coming into this game on a win streak. Albeit, one made up of only 4 consecutive wins. Overall, Virginia Tech is 15-4 in the season and 4-3 in conference play. The Hokies record ranks them 6th in the ACC. In comparison, the Tar Heels are 6-1 in ACC play.
If the Hokies are vying to deliver an NCAAB betting upset they will have to rely largely on their points leader Zach LeDay. LeDay is averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game and is on the court for an average of 29.6 minutes. Second in points for Virginia Tech is Ahmed Hill who is netting 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Chris Clarke is the team’s third leading point scoring who is putting up 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
The Tar Heels are led by Justin Jackson who is averaging 18.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Second for North Carolina is Joel Berry II who is gartering 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. The Heels third leading point scorer Isaiah Hicks who is putting up an average of 13.1 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game. The sportsbooks are heavily favoring the Tar Heels but some fans believe this contest will be closer than the lines are predicting.