GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (10-6)
at NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (12-5)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. ET
Line: North Carolina -10.5, Total: 137
North Carolina tries to move up the ACC standings when it hosts slumping Georgia Tech on Wednesday night at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Yellow Jackets are 0-4 (SU and ATS) in conference play this season, losing these games by 11.8 PPG. Carolina already has two ACC defeats, but has put together two consecutive solid wins at Florida State and home against Maryland on Saturday. Although UNC is 16-2 SU in the past 18 home meetings in this series, Georgia Tech is 15-4-1 ATS (79%) in the past 20 games versus the Tar Heels.
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Georgia Tech's offense has been poor all season with 65.0 PPG (240th in nation) on 41.9% FG (237th in D-I), but it has been especially awful since conference play began, scoring just 60.2 PPG on 36.1% FG. The Jackets have shot below 38% FG in all four of these defeats, and committed a whopping 21 turnovers in Thursday's loss at Duke. Freshman swingman Marcus Georges-Hunt (10.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG) is the only player with more than 10 points per game, but he shoots just 42.5% FG and 27.5% threes. In ACC play this year, he's made just 13-of-39 shots (33%), including 0-for-9 from downtown. Senior PG Mfon Udofia (9.9 PPG, 3.1 APG) is shooting a career-best 46% FG and 37% threes, but he has also been off the mark in conference play, making only 12-of-38 FG (32%). He has also gotten himself in foul trouble with 13 fouls committed in his past three games alone. Udofia had a team-high 16 points (6-of-14 FG) in last season's loss at Chapel Hill though. Down low, Tech relies on PF Robert Carter (9.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG) and C Daniel Miller (7.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG) to attack the glass. Carter had nine rebounds in the last game at Duke, and Miller has averaged a double-double (10.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG) over his past three contests.
North Carolina is one of the more potent offenses in the nation with 78.6 PPG (14th in nation) despite a mediocre 44.6% FG clip (108th in D-I). The Tar Heels also grab 42.9 RPG (2nd in nation) while dishing out 18.1 APG (3rd in D-I). PF James Michael-McAdoo leads the club in scoring (14.7 PPG) and rebounding (8.2 RPG) and is coming off a 19-point, 11-rebound effort in Saturday's win over Maryland. In the lone meeting with Georgia Tech last season, he had nine points and six rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. Junior swingman Reggie Bullock (14.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG) is coming off a career-high 24 points (21 in the first half) in Saturday's win over Maryland. Bullock had 11 points and four rebounds in last season's win over Georgia Tech. SG P.J. Hairston (11.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG) is the other double-figure scorer for Carolina. After lighting up Florida State for 23 points on 9-of-14 FG on Jan. 12, Hairston made just 1-of-8 shots and finished with three points in the win over Maryland. A big reason UNC scores so many points is the decision making of PGs Marcus Paige (6.9 PPG, 4.3 APG) and Dexter Strickland (8.0 PPG, 3.9 APG). Paige had six assists and zero turnovers against the Terrapins, while Strickland has a 2.75 Ast/TO ratio for the season.