South Carolina vs. Georgia Tech - 3/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (20-14) at South Carolina Gamecocks (25-8)
College Basketball: Monday, March 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and South Carolina Gamecocks will face off in the 2nd round of the NIT Tournament this Monday night at Colonial Life Arena.
The 4-seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (20-14) has little trouble advancing to this matchup as they easily defeated the 5-seed Houston Cougars, 81-62, this past Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets were outstanding in defending the three-pointer against the Cougars and had a double-digit lead for the majority of the 2nd half in the victory. Georgia Tech shot 52.5% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets held the Cougars to just 15.4% (2-13) shooting from three-point range and outrebounded Houston by a 39-25 margin. Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was Marcus Georges-Hunt who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Yellow Jackets have been led by Marcus Georges-Hunt (16.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.2 apg), Adam Smith (15.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Charles Mitchell (10.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg). Offensively, Georgia Tech is averaging 73.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting.
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The 1-seed South Carolina Gamecocks used a big 2nd half to defeat the 8-seed High Point Panther, 88-86, this past Tuesday. South Carolina only had a 48-43 halftime lead in this one but held the Panthers to just 23 2nd half points, and was able to pull away to secure the victory. South Carolina shot 60.0% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc. The Gamecocks held the Panthers to 36.2% shooting from the field and outrebounded High Point by a 39-25 margin. Leading the way for South Carolina was Laimonas Chatkevicius who had 30 points on 15 of 16 shooting while pulling down 5 rebounds. On the season, the Gamecocks have been led by Michael Carrera (14.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg), Sindarius Thornwell (13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg), and Duane Notice (10.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, South Carolina is averaging 76.2 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Gamecocks are holding their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg on 39.7% shooting.
Georgia Tech has won 4 of their last 5 games ATS. South Carolina is 5-5 in their last 10 games ATS.
Georgia Tech played well towards the end of the regular season, winning 6 of their last 8 games, which included wins against Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and just a 3-point loss at Louisville. South Carolina lost a heartbreaker to Georgia in the SEC Tournament which probably cost them their NCAA bid, however, still have a great season and a defense that can cause teams trouble. South Carolina was an impressive 16-2 at home this season but Georgia Tech has been playing well as of late and as I think Yellow Jackets matchup well with the Gamecocks, I’m taking the Yellow Jackets and the points.