Louisville vs. Georgia Tech - 3/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-12) at Louisville Cardinals (22-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -12.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC Network; ESPN College Extra
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will travel to the KFC Yum! Center to take on the 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won their 4th straight game and improved to 17-12 (7-9 ACC) on the season after defeating the Boston College Eagles, 76-71, this past Saturday. Georgia Tech was able to get out to a 48-35 halftime lead and was able to hang on after the Eagles cut the Yellow Jackets lead to just four points with 1:09 left to play. Georgia Tech shot 55.0% from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets allowed the Eagles to shoot 49.1% from the field and outrebounded Boston College by a 27-23 margin. Leading the way for Georgia Tech was Marcus Georges-Hunt who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, the Yellow Jackets have been led by Marcus Georges-Hunt (17.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), Adam Smith (14.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Charles Mitchell (10.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Offensively, Georgia Tech is averaging 74.4 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.29. Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 44.3% shooting. The Yellow Jackets average 4.3 blocks per game and have a rebound margin of 6.9.
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The 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 22-7 (11-5 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Miami Hurricanes, 73-65, this past Saturday. Louisville had a 56-51 lead midway through the 2nd half however allowed Miami to go on a 17-6 run to take control of the game and get the win. Louisville shot 46.4% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc. The Cardinals allowed the Hurricanes to shoot 53.5% from the field and 72.7% (8-11) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Louisville was Chinanu Onuaku who had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Damion Lee (16.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Trey Lewis (11.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Chinanu Onuaku (9.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.0 bpg). Offensively, Louisville is averaging 76.6 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field and 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cardinals average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19. Defensively, Louisville is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg on 38.8 shooting. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 7.6 and a turnover margin of 2.8.
The Yellow Jackets are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Cardinals are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-2-2 ATS in their last Tuesday games.
Georgia Tech has been playing well as of late and even got a nice road victory against Florida State to start their current winning streak, however, comes into this matchup with just a 4-6 record on the road this season. Louisville is one of the best defensive teams in the country as they rank 7th in scoring defense,10th in defensive FG%, and has been allowing just 55.7 ppg at home this season. Louisville has a 17-1 record at home this season and as this will be the last home game of their year, I think the Cardinals come out with alot of energy in this one and cover this large spread. Take Louisville to cover.