Georgia Tech vs. Georgia - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Bulldogs (20-14) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-17)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hank McCarmish Pavilion)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Bulldogs face off on Friday in Atlanta as the start off their 2014-2015 men’s college basketball schedule.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have fallen on hard times as the proud program is projected to finish last in the ACC this season. The issue for GT is the guards where the Yellow Jackets just don’t seem to have any great options. The big story for Georgia Tech is the transfers where their best player over the last two seasons, Robert Carter, transferred to Maryland but in comes a slew of transfers likely looking for immediate playing time. Demarco Cox is a 6’8” center coming form Ole Miss and Charles Mitchell is also 6’8” and plays forward and he transfers from Maryland. Robert Sampson is another one of Ralph Sampson’s sons and he comes to Georgia Tech from ECU. The best of the returning players in Marcus Georges-Hunt who will start and still be one of the top scoring options.
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The Georgia Bulldogs have moderate expectations coming into the season as they have decent front line talent but depth has to be a concern. Junior guard Kenny Gaines didn’t play in the Dawgs exhibition game but he should be healthy enough to go in this spot and he averaged 13 points per game last season. Charles Mann is also back and he averaged 13.9 points per game a season ago and with Gaines hey make up a solid back court. Marcus Thornton averaged 8.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season and while he has had troubles with injuries he played in every game last season and if he stays healthy he should be even better this season. The big news for Georgia on the recruiting front was getting Yante Maten who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan last season and he is athletic, a scorer and can play solid defense as well and should see plenty of minutes right out of the gate. Georgia’s success or lack of this season will come down to staying healthy and having their best team on the floor every game.
Georgia Tech is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 3-8 against the spread against the SEC. Georgia is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven Friday games. The home team has covered the point spread in nine of the last 13 meetings of these two.
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