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Georgia vs. Texas - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas at Georgia
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Stegeman Coliseum
Athens, GA
The Line
Georgia Bulldogs +4.5 -- Over/Under: 137
TV Channel
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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns will travel to Stegeman Coliseum to take on the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in the SEC/BIG 12 Challenge.

The Texas Longhorns dropped to 11-8 (3-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 65-61, this past Wednesday night. Texas struggled offensively against the Horned Frogs defense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 48-36 margin with 14:43 left in the 2nd half. Texas shot 41.4% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Kerwin Roach II who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, & 3 assists.

On the season, Texas is averaging 71.1 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Kerwin Roach II (14.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Coleman III (10.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Jaxson Hayes (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.7 bpg), and Dylan Osetkowski (9.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 65.2 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Georgia Bulldogs lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 9-9 (1-5 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the 25th ranked LSU Tigers, 92-82, this past Wednesday night. Georgia was solid on the offensive end, however, struggled with turnovers and couldn’t fight back after LSU took a 62-46 lead with 13:40 left in regulation. Georgia shot 53.6% from the field & 47.1% from beyond the arc, however, committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nicolas Claxton who had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assist, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Georgia is averaging 74.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia has been led by Rayshaun Hammonds (13.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), Nicolas Claxton (12.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg, 3.0 bpg), Tyree Crump (9.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Derek Ogbeide (9.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 apg).

Defensively, Georgia is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -5.0.

The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. SEC opponents, however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Texas has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although their defense has been solid as they currently rank 36th in scoring defense, the offense has struggled this season as they currently rank just 239th in scoring offense, 252nd in FG%, and 265th in 3P-FG%. Georgia has lost 5 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked 153rd in scoring offense, 233rd in scoring defense, and 40th in defensive FG%.

Texas is a solid 11-8 team that has wins over UNC, Purdue, and Kansas State this season, however, the Longhorns come into this game just 1-3 on the road this season and have an offense that is hard to trust. Georgia has played a brutal schedule to start SEC play this season (@ Tenn, @ Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, @ LSU) and although they’re going to struggle in SEC play this season, I don’t think they are that bad of a team. Georgia has been solid at home this season and I think they’ll be able to do enough with the points to cover at home. Good Luck!

Georgia Bulldogs +4.5

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