Boston College vs. Georgia Tech - ACC Tournment 1st Round - 3/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-18) at Boston College Eagles (12-18)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Boston College Eagles -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2 / ACC Network
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Boston College Eagles will face off at the Greensboro Coliseum in the first round of the ACC tournament this Monday afternoon.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finished the regular season with a 12-18 overall record and earned the 13th seed in the ACC Tournament with a 3-15 conference record. Georgia Tech struggled on the offensive end throughout the season and although they were more competitive in the ACC than their record indicates, they really closing out games. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 127th in the RPI Standings and has played the 18th ranked SOS. Georgia Tech’s biggest wins of the season came against the Georgia Bulldogs (80-73) and Miami Hurricanes (70-50).
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On the season, Georgia Tech averaged 63.2 ppg (ranked 277th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 290th). The Yellow Jackets pulled down 14.17 offensive rpg (ranked 11th) and committed 12.8 turnovers per game (ranked 199th). Georgia Tech averaged just 4.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 329th) and shoot just 64.8% from the free-throw line. Defensively, Georgia Tech held opponents to an average of 64.5 ppg (ranked 127th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 227th). The Yellow Jackets average 38.13 total rpg (ranked 26th) and have a rebound margin of 6.9 (ranked 16th). Georgia Tech averages 16.7 personal fouls per game (ranked 64th) and have a turnover margin of -1.0 (ranked 247th). Leading the way for Georgia Tech has been Marcus Georges-Hunt (13.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Charles Mitchell (9.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg).
The Boston College Eagles finished the regular season with a 12-18 record and earned the 12th seed in the ACC tournament with a 4-14 conference record. Boston College struggled in ACC play, especially on the offensive end, for the majority of the season however did average 74.6 ppg in their last three games. Boston College is ranked 161st in the RPI Standings and has played the 37th ranked SOS. Boston College’s biggest wins of the season came against Providence (69-60), Harvard (64-57 OT), and NC State (79-63).
On the season, Boston College averaged 65.9 ppg (ranked 210th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 99th). The Eagles average 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 167th) and shoot 70.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 133rd). Boston College averages just 8.47 offensive rpg (ranked 315th). Defensively, Boston College has allowed their opponents to average 67.0 ppg (ranked 187th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 230th). The Eagles average just 31.07 total rpg (ranked 312th) and just 5.8 spg (ranked 215th). Leading the way for Boston College has been Olivier Hanlan (19.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg) and Aaron Brown (15.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 apg).
The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Boston College was able to defeat Georgia-Tech 64-62 in their only match-up this season. Georgia Tech enter the tournament on a 4 game losing streak and scored just 49 points in their recent loss against UNC. Boston College won their last 3 games and Oliver Hanlan has been playing some of his best basketball of the season as of late. Georgia Tech is going to have an advantage inside in this one, but I think Boston College will be able to do enough damage from the outside to advantage and cover this small spread. Take Boston College to cover.