Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Houston Cougars - 3/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Cougars (22-9) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Hank McCarmish Pavilion)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will travel to play the Houston Cougars in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.
The Houston Cougars are 22-9 (12-6) and are coming off of a loss to Tulane by a score of 72-69 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Before the conference tournament, Houston finished the regular season by winning their last 3 games. Houston finished 3rd in the American Athletic standings. Houston is averaging 77.9 points per game while giving up 68.9 points per game. Houston is also averaging 38 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game. Rob Gray Jr. is averaging 16.3 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game for Houston. Damyean Dotson is averaging 13.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Cougars. Houston is shooting 70.4% on free throws, 35.2% on three-pointers, and 46.7% on all field goal attempts.
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 19-14 (8-10) and are coming off of a loss to Virginia by a score of 72-52 in the third round of the ACC tournament. Georgia Tech was able to defeat Clemson in the second round of the conference tournament by a score of 88-85. Before the conference tournament, Georgia Tech finished the regular season by winning 5 of their last 6 games. Georgia Tech is averaging 73.2 points per game while giving up 71.1 points per game. Georgia Tech is also averaging 39 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per game. Marcus Georges-Hunt is averaging 16.7 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game for Georgia Tech. Adam Smith is averaging 14.9 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 35% on three-pointers, and 44.5% on all field goal attempts.
Georgia Tech was able to finish the regular season strong, but will be on the road for this game. Houston had a disappointing loss in their conference tournament, but still had 22 wins on the year. Houston has the slightly higher scoring offense, while also giving up fewer points per game. Georgia Tech is averaging more rebounds per game than Houston, while the Cougars are the better shooting team. I like the way Georgia Tech ended the season and am picking them here.