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Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (10-4) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hank McCarmish Pavilion)

The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Syracuse Orange and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets play Wednesday at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Syracuse Orange have won five of their last six games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 70.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 58.4 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 17.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.5 points and 2.4 assists. Chris McCullough is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michael Gbinije is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are forcing 15 turnovers and have allowed 67 or less points in seven of their last 11 games. The Orange are also allowing teams to shoot just 28.4 percent from deep. Offensively, Syracuse is shooting 66 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from downtown.

Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have split their last six games and play their first home contest of 2015. On the season, Georgia Tech is averaging 67.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Marcus Georges-Hunt is averaging 13.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while Charles Mitchell is averaging 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. Demarco Cox is grabbing six rebounds and Quinton Stephens is shooting 37.4 percent from the field. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are a big basketball team that’s averaging 40 rebounds. Offensively, Georgia Tech is shooting 65.4 percent from the line and 23.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Georgia Tech is forcing 12.3 turnovers and has allowed 66 or less points in seven of its last nine games.

The Orange are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Yellow Jackets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Georgia Tech has lost to some really subpar comp while Syracuse has lost to respectable teams and is starting to find its groove. In a toss up game, I tend to side with the better coach and the overall better athletes. Syracuse shouldn't have a problem winning this one on the road, especially with the way the Yellow Jackets are playing lately. 

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Syracuse Orange -2

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