NCAA Basketball Betting Analysis: Georgia Tech vs. Virginia

NCAA Basketball Betting Analysis: Georgia Tech vs. Virginia

Written by on February 21, 2018

After getting back in the win column in their last game, it’s a near-certainty that the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers won’t have any problems beating a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets squad that is absolutely reeling at the moment. However, what NCAA Basketball betting enthusiasts really need to know concerning this mid-week ACC clash is whether or not the Cavs can cover the NCAAB spread as huge home favorites. Let’s find out right now.

Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers NCAA Basketball Betting Analysis

  • When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: John Paul Jones Arena
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: 1230 AM (Georgia Tech) / 96.5 FM (Virginia)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • NCAA Basketball Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -15.5 (Over/Under at 113 points)

Team Records

  • All: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 11-16 / Virginia Cavaliers 24-2
  • Home: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-7 / Virginia Cavaliers 14-1
  • Away: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 1-9 / Virginia Cavaliers 10-1
  • ATS: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-13 / Virginia Cavaliers 17-5-1
  • Over/Under: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-13 / Virginia Cavaliers 5-18

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Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Virginia Cavaliers lead 8-2
  • Score: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 50.40 / Virginia Cavaliers 65.70
  • Field Goal Percentage: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 38.89 / Virginia Cavaliers 45.66
  • Rebounds: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 30.00 / Virginia Cavaliers 32.90
  • 3 Point Shots: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 48-147 / Virginia Cavaliers 57-163
  • Steals: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4.30 / Virginia Cavaliers 5.60

Why Consider Betting On Georgia Tech?

Why should you consider betting on the Yellow Jackets in this matchup? Well, because they’re getting a ton of points that way. Georgia Tech has lost nine of their last 10 games and is in the midst of a five-game losing streak that saw them getting smacked around by Virginia Tech 76-56 on Saturday. Senior guard Tadric Jackson led a short-handed Tech squad with 17 points but refused to blame injuries on his team’s latest loss. “We’ve got to get better in practice every day,” Jackson said after the loss to the Hokies. “The guys that got hurt — we can’t do nothing about that. That’s life, it happens. As a whole, we have to get better.” Point guard Jose Alvarado went down with a season-ending elbow injury against Duke on Feb. 11 and senior Ben Lammers has been playing on a bum ankle for weeks. Alvarado was averaging a team-high 12.1 points and 3.1 assists per game this season. “Obviously we’ve had other things to deal with,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. “More than that though, the injury bug has really hurt us. If I had to do it over again, I probably should have sat Ben (Lammers) for two or three weeks when he injured his ankle and let him get fairly healthy.”

Team Statistics

Offense 
  • Total Score: 65.22
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.63
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.22
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.46
  • Total Rebounds: 33.93
Defense
  • Total Score: 67.19
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.67
  • Three-Point Percentage: 38.22
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.77
  • Total Rebounds: 33.33

Why Consider Betting On Virginia?

Why should you consider betting on top-ranked Virginia? Well, because they’ve got the best defense in the nation, are playing at home and are super, well-rested, having not played in eight days. Virginia beat Miami 59-50 in their last contest on Feb. 13 as De’Andre Hunter scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting with a trio of triples and Kyle Guy added 13 points in the win. Virginia is a huge favorite at the NCAA Basketball Betting Odds against Georgia Tech. Now, with just two weeks remaining the Cavaliers are looking to secure a No. 1 seed in the quickly approaching NCAA Tournament. “We tried to use the week off to heal up and prepare the right way,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said Monday. “I think the break came at just the right time for us. Everyone got the chance to refresh their bodies and then get back to preparing for Georgia Tech.”

Team Statistics

Offense 
  • Total Score: 67.65
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.05
  • Three-Point Percentage: 38.06
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.85
  • Total Rebounds: 32.54
Defense
  • Total Score: 52.65
  • Field Goal Percentage: 37.73
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.69
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.34
  • Total Rebounds: 31.12

Latest NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Yellow Jackets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Yellow Jackets are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 9 games
  • Cavaliers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games
  • Cavaliers are 16-1 SU in their last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Virginia’s last 10 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

I know the 17-plus point spread looks a bit daunting, but I like Virginia to cover the chalk because of their lock-down defense, combined with the fact that Georgia Tech is banged-up and playing awful basketball right now. Virginia has held four of their last 10 opponents to less than 50 points and I can very well see that happening in this contest. Georgia Tech is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games while Virginia has gone 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups. Georgia Tech is an uninspiring 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two ACC rivals and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road dates against Virginia. Again, don’t be scared by the big number, Virginia will cover it with the 20-point win! Pick: Virginia Cavaliers -15.5
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