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Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech - 12/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-4) at Arkansas Razorbacks (7-2)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
SEC
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Arkansas Razorbacks meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Bud Walton Arena.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are averaging 70.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Jose Alvarado is averaging 13.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while Brandon Alston is averaging 11.6 points and 1.6 assists. Curtis Haywood II is dishing 1.9 assists and James Banks III is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have lost their last nine road games.

The Arkansas Razorbacks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 85.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 37.6 percent shooting. Daniel Gafford is averaging 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds while Isaiah Joe is averaging 16.9 points and two assists. Mason Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Harris is dishing 7.6 assists. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks have won five of their last six home games.

The Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Razorbacks are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. Atlantic Coast. The under is 6-2 in Yellow Jackets last 8 overall. The under is 7-3 in Razorbacks last 10 overall. The over is 7-3 in Yellow Jackets last 10 road games. The under is 7-2 in Razorbacks last 9 home games.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have been horrible on the road dating back to last season, and they're being outscored by 9.5 points while shooting just 32.4 percent from the field on the road this year. The Arkansas Razorbacks are outscoring teams by nearly 16 points at home this season and have been a covering machine when playing outside of the SEC. Arkansas is also allowing just 38.6 percent shooting in its last five games. There's a lot leaning in the direction of Arkansas in this contest, so I'll take the Razorbacks in a comfortable home victory.

Pick:
Arkansas Razorbacks -8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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