Virginia vs. Georgia Tech - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-16) at Virginia Cavaliers (24-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some ACC-tion on Wednesday’s college basketball slate as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets visit the #1 Virginia Cavaliers.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets need a big road upset here after losing 5 straight and 9 of their last 10 games following a 76-56 loss to Virginia Tech in their last outing. Tadric Jackson led Tech with 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting with 3 threes while Josh Okogie added 10 points as the only other Yellow Jacket to score in double figures in the loss. Brandon Alston added a team-high 4 assists while Moses Wright added 7 points with a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the losing effort for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets will be without leading scorer and assist man Jose Alvarado for the rest of the season, as Alvarado was averaging 12.1 points and 3.1 assists per game this season. Ben Lammers is still around however, and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is scoring 65.2 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.
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The #1 Virginia Cavaliers will be looking to keep the ball rolling after a 59-50 victory over Miami-Florida in their last outing. De’Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 3 threes while Kyle Guy added 13 points as the only other Virginia player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Ty Jerome scored 6 points while dishing out a team-high 7 assists while Jack Salt grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. Guy leads Virginia in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Jerome leads the Cavaliers with 3.8 assists per game and Isaiah Wilkins is UVA’s top rebounder with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Virginia is scoring 67.7 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 76.9% from the foul line this season. The Cavaliers also own one of the tightest defenses in the country, allowing the fewest points per game in D-I, giving up just 52.7 points per game while holding opponents to the 3rd-lowest field goal percentage against at 37.7% from the field and the 5th-lowest 3-point percentage at 29.7% from behind the arc this season.
Georgia Tech is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Virginia is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the under is 50-21-1 in their last 72 games overall. Georgia Tech is 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Virginia.
Laying this kind of number is always dangerous with Virginia, as good as the Cavaliers are because they don’t score a lot. However, we knew life for Georgia Tech was going to be difficult once Alvarado went down for the season, and anyone that’s been following the ACC this season knows that Virginia Tech is a solid offensive team, but they’re no juggernaut defensively. So imagine, if the Hokies can hold Georgia Tech to just 56 points, imagine what the top defense in the country can do. I personally see no choice but to lay the points with the Cavaliers here.