It’s going to be tough for the Jackets to get the job done in this one. If they’re going to do it, they’re going to have to do so with a stout defense. North Carolina doesn’t have the same sort of offense that it did in seasons past, so the job at least becomes possible. The Ramblin’ Wreck are allowing 58.1 points per game this year, and teams are shooting just 37.3 percent against them from the field. Offensively though, there are some major problems to contend with. There is only one player on the team, G Marcus Georges-Hunt who is averaging over 10 points per game, and he is only good for 10.7 PPG. G Chris Bolden is coming off of a 20-point effort in his most recent game, but he is only averaging 5.9 points per game this year and cannot be counted upon for such great games. No one on the team is shooting better than 36.8 percent from beyond th arc, and G Mfon Udofia is the only man who is shooting better than 31%.
The Tar Heels aren’t a force to be a Final Four team this year as they were in seasons past, but they still feel as though they are going to be a team that gets into the NCAA Tournament and has a shot to compete when push comes to shove. The offense is still scoring points at a clip of 78.6 per game, which is still one of the highest marks in the ACC, but unlike last season and in years past, there just aren’t that many players that truly are that scary. G Reggie Bullock is a great pure shooter, while G Dexter Strickland is a capable distributor. F James Michael McAdoo can go off for a double-double any given night as well. However, beyond these three, the rest of the UNC team is very average at best, and that’s why the club is just 12-5 and sitting firmly on the bubble for the dance at this point. The Heels are also just 2-2 SU and ATS here in ACC play, and that isn’t going to sit well for a conference that didn’t have a great out of conference season.
We’ll take the points in this one. Georgia Tech should be able to keep Carolina in the 60s, and if that turns out to be the case, this is a heck of a lot of points to be getting. The Ramblin’ Wreck only have to get to 60 to cover this one, and we think that they’ll do just that. North Carolina 68 – Georgia Tech 60