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Virginia vs. Georgia Tech - 2/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Tech at Virginia
Date & Time Wednesday February 27, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA
The Line
Virginia Cavaliers -21 -- O/U: 122
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Virginia Cavaliers meet in ACC college basketball action from the John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday night.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to rebound after an 80-65 loss to Miami in their last outing. Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and team-highs of 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Moses Wright came right behind with 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting and Michael Devoe added 13 points with 3 threes and 3 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Georgia Tech in the losing effort. Alvarado leads Georgia Tech with an average of 12.6 points and 3.3 assists per game while Banks III leads the Yellow Jackets in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is averaging 65.2 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

The Virginia Cavaliers will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after a 64-52 win over Louisville in their last outing. De’Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 26 points on 9 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line while Mamadi Diakite chipped in 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 3 blocks and Jay Huff added 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 7 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Virginia in the win. Ty Jerome dished out a team-high 5 assists while Kyle Guy had 8 points to match his team-high 8 rebounds. Hunter leads Virginia in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Jerome leads the Cavaliers in assists with 5.1 assists per game and Braxton Key leads Virginia in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Virginia is averaging 71.5 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 39.2% from 3-point range and 75.5% from the foul line this season. The Cavaliers are also one of the nation’s elite defensive teams, leading the country in scoring defense, allowing just 54.5 points per game on the 4th-lowest field goal percentage, allowing opponents to shoot just 37.4% from the floor and 26.5% from 3-point range, which comes in as the lowest 3-point percentage against in the country so far this season.

Georgia Tech is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games following a loss while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Virginia is 39-16-1 ATS in their last 56 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 home games. Georgia Tech is 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Virginia.

This line seems thick considering both teams play a very slow style of basketball, and laying this many points is basically leaving you open until the end for a backdoor cover from Georgia Tech. And while each of Georgia Tech’s last 8 losses to Virginia have come by double-digits, including 4 by 20 or more points with the average margin of victory for Virginia sitting at 21 points, which ironically is where the line sits at the time that I’m writing this. However, Virginia while being a strong defensive team isn’t the kind of team that’s blowing their opposition off of the floor as the Cavaliers have been involved in quite a few close affairs as of late. I think Georgia Tech is capable of keeping this score respectable, so I’ll take a shot with Georgia Tech and the boatload of points in this one.

Pick:
Georgia Tech +21

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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