The North Alabama Lions and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets meet Saturday in college basketball action from McCamish Pavilion. North Alabama enters this one at 4-2 overall. The Lions lost to UC Santa Barbara in their last game. As for Georgia Tech, they’re 3-2 and coming off a loss to Marquette. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
North Alabama won their first three games this year. The Lions took out Oakwood, Alabama A&M and Blue Mountain before a 76-68 loss to MS Valley. North Alabama bounced back with a win over Hampton in their next outing.
In Wednesday’s matchup versus UC Santa Barbara, the Lions trailed 41-37 after one half. North Alabama couldn’t make up the difference in an 89-71 loss. Leading scorer Damian Forrest posted 15 points with eight rebounds.
Over on the Georgia Tech side, they’ve had an up-and-down season as well. The Jackets kicked off the year at 3-0 with wins over Clayton State, Georgia State and Northern Illinois. Georgia Tech lost the next game to Utah 68-64, though.
The Jackets made it consecutive losses after their matchup versus Marquette on Wednesday. Georgia Tech scored just 28 first-half points and lost 84-60. Javon Franklin doubled up in that one with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
PICK: I’ll probably stay with Georgia Tech in this one. The Yellow Jackets haven’t played especially well over their last two games and shot just 33.8 percent against a decent Marquette team in their last outing. Still, this matchup should be a solid palate cleanser. North Alabama has struggled against remotely comparable teams so far this season and should be outmatched if Georgia Tech plays to their capabilities.