We’re moments away from the North Carolina Tar Heels’ matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC Tournament. This is the third time these teams will face off, with the Heels sweeping regular season meetings. Caleb Love had consistent success against the Hokies, scoring over 20 points in each game. Will he be able to continue tonight? We will find out soon enough.
What we know about tonight’s game is the betting line. Heels are favored by 2.5 points according to DraftKings.com. It’s an interesting line for a team that won both games, but it’s also worth understanding that Virginia Tech will give the Heels everything they’ve got in this one. They took Clemson to OT before coming out of the second round of the tournament with a win, then followed that up by slapping Notre Dame. The Heels will have to be careful if they don’t want to be sent home early, because the Hokies are a team that is hungry to win the ACC championship and earn their ticket to the big dance.
The good news is that UNC has been playing very well lately. Brady Manek is on fire from deep, RJ Davis is playing some of his best basketball, and Armando Bacot is still doing things with Armando Bacot. Factor in what Love has done in the previous two meetings and Leaky Black’s improved play, and I think the Hokies are in for a surprise. Whoever wins this one will play either Duke or Miami (the winner is unknown at the time of this writing) for the ACC Championship.
As always, we’ll be back after the game with post-game analysis and takes. Until then, Go Heels!