North Carolina is a slight betting favorite in semifinal matchup vs. Virginia Tech
North Carolina is a 3-point favorite over Virginia Tech on Friday night, according to DraftKings. The total has been set at 139.5 points.
The Hokies got to this game after upsetting Notre Dame in the quarterfinals on Thursday. North Carolina defeated Virginia on Thursday.
UNC has already played Virginia Tech twice this season and won both matchups. Its win over the Hokies in Blacksburg this season was North Carolina’s most impressive win of the year prior to the Duke victory last weekend.
Brady Manek was sensational for the Tar Heels on Thursday, scoring a game-high 21 points in the win.
He scored 14.5 points per game in UNC’s two previous meetings against Virginia Tech. UNC is 19-4 this season when Manek scores in double-figures. He’s scored at least 10 points in 12 consecutive games.
UNC is safely into the Field of 64, but could continue to improve its seeding with a couple more wins in Brooklyn.
If North Carolina does win, it will earn a spot in the ACC Tournament final on Saturday. Its opponent would likely be Duke, provided the Blue Devils can beat Miami in the other semifinal on Friday.
Tipoff vs. Virginia Tech is at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.