Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 12, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2.5 -- O/U: 127.5
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets meet in an ACC tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the Spectrum Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into the conference tournament as the last place team, coming in at the #15 seed after finishing the year with a 13-18 overall record, including 3-15 in conference play, losing out on a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Pittsburgh Panthers for the #14 seed. Notre Dame started the year fairly well, with wins over Illinois, Purdue, DePaul and Duquesne, while adding narrow losses to Oklahoma and UCLA. Conference play was a whole different story for the Irish, starting conference play 0-2, 1-7 and 3-8 before losing their final 7 games to finish the season. John Mooney leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 14.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while Temple Gibbs averaged 13.4 points and D.J. Harvey came 3rd with 10.7 points as Notre Dame’s 3rd double-digit scorer on the year. Prentiss Hubb led the Irish with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Notre Dame is averaging 68.9 points per game on 39.5% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 74.5% from the foul line this season.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets come into the tournament with the #10 seed after finishing the regular season with a 14-17 overall record, including 6-12 in conference play. The Yellow Jackets hung tough against Tennessee, Northwestern and St. John’s in a losing effort in all 3, while picking up a road win over Arkansas before losing at home to in-state rival Georgia. Georgia Tech started conference play lacking consistency, splitting their first 6 games, but followed that up by consistently losing basketball games, dropping their next 7 games, scoring 59 points or less in 6 of those 7 games. The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season on a high note with back-to-back wins. Jose Alvarado leads Georgia Tech in scoring and assists with 12.8 points and 3.3 assists per game while James Banks III averaged 10.5 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is averaging 65.2 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
Notre Dame is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 games overall. Georgia Tech is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Notre Dame is 1-11-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
A lot of Georgia Tech’s issues came when they weren’t scoring a lot of points, but that’s been the same problem that Notre Dame has had this season. The difference for me between the two is that Georgia Tech is a much better team defensively than the Fighting Irish are, and while Notre Dame could pull out the win as anything can happen in these early tournament matchups, I just don’t see it happening here and given the struggles that the Irish have had against Georgia Tech over the years, I’m not sure why Notre Dame is favored here. I just see the Yellow Jackets pulling out the win but I’ll take the points to be safe.