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Miami (FL) vs. Georgia Tech - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Watsco Center
Coral Gables, FL
The Line
Miami Hurricanes -7.5 -- O/U: 129.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Miami Hurricanes meet in ACC college basketball action from the Watsco Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to build on a 73-65 win over Pitt in their last outing. Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets with 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists as the only Georgia Tech player to score in double figures in the winning effort. James Banks III added 7 points with a team-high 10 rebounds and 5 blocks while Moses Wright had 7 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Alvarado leads Georgia Tech with an average of 12.3 points and 3.2 assists per game while Banks III leads the Yellow Jackets in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is averaging 65.2 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 30.5% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The Miami Hurricanes will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 64-57 loss to Boston College last time out. Ebuka Izundu led the ‘Canes with 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds while Chris Lykes, Anthony Lawrence II and Sam Waardenburg each had 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Miami in the loss, with Lykes adding a team-high 4 assists while Lawrence II had 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Waardenburg didn’t miss a single shot, going 3 of 3 from the floor with a pair of threes and a pair of free throws. Zach Johnson added 8 points and 3 steals as well in the losing effort. Lykes leads Miami with an average of 16.8 points and 3.3 assists per game while Izundu leads the Hurricanes in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 72.2 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season.

Georgia Tech is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall. Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 17-36 ATS in their last 53 home games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Georgia Tech is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Miami.

Miami has been solid ATS as of late, but the Hurricanes have also struggled with consistency so it’s hard laying this many points with the ‘Canes in this spot. Georgia Tech hasn’t been picking up wins lately, but the Yellow Jackets are still pretty good on defense and have been a tough out on the road. Georgia Tech also does a good job hanging around teams around their level, so I’ll take a shot with Georgia Tech and the points in this one.

Pick:
Georgia Tech +7.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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