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Louisville vs. Georgia Tech - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-12) at Louisville Cardinals (16-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -9 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

We have some ACC college basketball action on tap Thursday night when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets pay a visit to the Louisville Cardinals.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will try to rebound after losing 5 of their last 6 games, including an 80-72 overtime loss to Boston College in their last outing. Ben Lammers led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points along with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double, while Brandon Alston came 2nd with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Jose Alvarado and Josh Okogie each added 12 points, with Alvarado adding a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals while Okogie chipped in 8 rebounds and 3 steals of his own. Abdoulaye Gueye chipped in 11 points and a pair of blocks while Tadric Jackson added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Georgia Tech in the loss. Alvarado leads G-Tech with 12.7 points and 3.2 assists per game while Lammers is the Yellow Jackets’ top rebounder with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is scoring 66.1 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.

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Louisville vs. Georgia Tech - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisville Cardinals will be looking to snap their own 3 game losing streak after losing 4 of their last 5 games, including a 78-73 loss to Syracuse in their last outing. Ray Spalding led Louisville with 18 points and a team-high 9 rebounds on 7 of 8 shooting, while Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel each added 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Louisville in the loss. Mahmoud added 6 rebounds while Adel chipped in 8 boards and a team-high 5 assists in the losing effort. Adel leads Louisville in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Spalding leads the Cardinals on the glass with 9.1 rebounds per game and Quentin Snider is tops in the assist department with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Louisville is scoring 77.6 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line this season.

Georgia Tech is 18-8 ATS in their last 26 conference matchups and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Louisville is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. 

Louisville won the last meeting by 15 points last season, but before that, the last 3 meetings had each been decided by 4 points or less. Louisville’s loss at home to Syracuse was an eye opener for me because I felt that Syracuse was a slight step below Louisville. Georgia Tech, despite an average at best SU record, have played very well against the rest of the ACC and have the skills to keep this one close, so I’ll take the points with Georgia Tech here.

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