Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech NCAA Basketball Betting Lines & Analysis

Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech NCAA Basketball Betting Lines & Analysis

Written by on February 13, 2019

No. 22 Virginia Tech is in the mix for a Top 4 seed and double-bye in the ACC Tournament, and the Hokies shouldn’t have much trouble as solid NCAAB lines favorites on Wednesday against a pretty bad Georgia Tech side.

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Season Series

The Hokies go for the season sweep, winning 52-49 in Atlanta on Jan. 9. Ahmed Hill scored 15 points, and Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Tech. The Hokies trailed just once after the first minute of the game. Virginia Tech, one of the nation’s best 3-point shooting team, hit only five 3s and finished at 18.5 percent from beyond the arc but still made enough stops to win.

Jose Alvarado scored 20 points and Abdoulaye Gueye had 11 for Georgia Tech. James Banks, the Jackets’ second-leading scorer, had just two points on 1-for-5 shooting. Curtis Haywood III, its fourth-leading scorer, missed the game with flu-like symptoms.

Why Bet on Georgia Tech?

The Jackets lost their fifth in a row Sunday, 69-59 at Notre Dame. The Irish overcame a 32.8-percent shooting night thanks to T.J. Gibbs’ 20 points, 18 from D.J. Harvey and John Mooney’s 15th double-double of the season. Georgia Tech shot 40.7 percent (22 of 54) but turned the ball over 14 times, six more than the Irish, and was outrebounded 45-39, surrendering 20 offensive boards.

Curtis Haywood II returned to the Georgia Tech starting five that also included Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe at the guards, Abdoulaye Gueye at big forward and James Banks III at center. That lineup has started six games this season, and the Yellow Jackets are 2-3 in those games. Tech has used nine different starting lineups this season.

No Yellow Jacket has started every game this season, and 10 different players have started three or more games. Tech used eight players in the game for nine or more minutes, nine Jackets played altogether. At least eight players have seen significant minutes in all of Tech’s games this season, despite a variety of injuries and illnesses.

Tech’s seven three-point field goals were a season-high against an ACC team and the most since the Yellow Jackets hit eight against Kennesaw State on Dec. 28. Georgia Tech has held 15 of its 24 opponents, and six of its 11 ACC foes, under 40 percent from the floor. Notre Dame shot 32.3 percent and 32.8 percent in its two meetings with the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech ranks No. 5 in the ACC in scoring defense (67.1 ppg), No 3 in field goal percentage defense (39.7 pct.) and No. 1 in three-point percentage defense (28.1 pct.) against conference opponents. The Jackets rank No. 4 in steals (7.73 pg) and No. 2 in blocked shots (5.27 pg).

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 65.50
  • Field Goal Percentage: 43.81
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.33
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.04
  • Total Rebounds: 34.04

Defense

  • Total Score: 64.25
  • Field Goal Percentage: 38.93
  • Three-Point Percentage: 27.70
  • Free Throw Percentage: 68.65
  • Total Rebounds: 35.54

Why Bet on Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech (18-5, 7-4 ACC), in its fifth season under head coach Buzz Williams, began its conference schedule 7-2 but has lost its last two starts to No. 16 Louisville at home and to Clemson on the road. The loss to the Cardinals is the only home loss this season for the Hokies, who are 11-1 in Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies are off a 59-51 loss at Clemson on Saturday. Clemson limited Virginia Tech to just one field goal over the final eight minutes to beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season. Virginia Tech had its chances and was down just 41-40 after Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s basket with 12:29 to go. But Clemson’s Marcquise Reed and Hunter Tyson followed with 3-pointers to build the lead. Blackshear hit two foul shots make it 47-44, but that was as close as the Hokies would get.

Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech should be a close one.

Blackshear Jr. scored 17 points to lead Virginia Tech. It shot just 28.3 percent from the floor and stayed in the game by going 16 of 17 from the free-throw line. Tech’s field-goal shooting percentage was its lowest of the season. The Hokies’ five 3-pointers were tied for their fewest in a game this season. Tech again played without point guard Justin Robinson and post player P.J. Horne. Robinson has missed three straight games, while Horne has missed six straight.

Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker has been named to a couple of awards lists. The sophomore from Toronto, leads the Hokies in scoring, at 17.5 points per game and steals, at 2.1 steals per game and is among the ACC leaders in scoring, steals, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and assists. He has won the ACC Player of the Week award twice this season, most recently for the week ending Feb. 3, 2019.

Virginia Tech has won 19 of 25 all-time meetings with Georgia Tech, including 15 of 20 as a member of the ACC. The Hokies have won the last five games of the series, four of which were decided in the final minute.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 75.57
  • Field Goal Percentage: 48.56
  • Three-Point Percentage: 41.47
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.05
  • Total Rebounds: 32.57

Defense

  • Total Score: 60.70
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.26
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.05
  • Free Throw Percentage: 69.77
  • Total Rebounds: 29.61

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Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Virginia Tech
  • Georgia Tech is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Georgia Tech is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Georgia Tech’s last 8 games on the road
  • Virginia Tech is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Virginia Tech is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Virginia Tech’s last 5 games at home

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