Georgia Tech vs Louisville 2020 College Basketball Odds & Preview.

Georgia Tech vs Louisville 2020 College Basketball Odds & Preview

Written by on January 22, 2020

Could be a bit of letdown game for No. 6 Louisville on Wednesday as the Cardinals host unranked Georgia Tech. Off a big win over Duke, the Louisville players could be excused for coming out a bit flat. Louisville is a sizable Mybookie NCAAB Betting favorite, though.

How to Bet Georgia Tech at Louisville NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

Georgia Tech vs Louisville Last Meeting

Teams played just once last season, with Louisville winning 79-51 in Atlanta. Cards star Jordan Nwora led with 26 points. He had 21 in the first when UofL jumped to a 43-16 lead. Steven Enoch scored 15 points off the bench for the Cardinals and Malik Williams added 13 for Louisville. James Banks III paced Tech with high 24 points and 11 rebounds.

However, the Jackets were without two starters due to injury. They turned the ball over on seven of their first 16 possessions and scored just twice while struggling when Louisville double-teamed ball handlers.

Why Bet on Georgia Tech?

The Jackets (8-11) have lost back-to-back games, both at home. It was 63-58 to Virginia on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets haven’t won at McCamish Pavilion since a Dec. 4 victory over Nebraska. Virginia led 33-25 at halftime, taking advantage of the home team’s sloppy play. The Yellow Jackets hit 11 of 18 shots (61.1%) but turned it over 13 times, wasting far too many possessions against the defensive-minded Cavaliers.

Georgia Tech put on a 9-0 run in the second half to pull within three, but was unable to get over the hump. The Yellow Jackets (3-5 ACC) shot right at 50 percent overall and tallied their highest point total against Virginia in six years, while the Cavaliers finished a shade below at 47.2 percent. Leading the way offensively for Tech was Jose Alvarado, who finished with a game-high 20 points off 8-of-14 shooting. Also finishing in double digits was James Banks III, who was one rebound shy of a double-double at 10 and nine.

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Tech has trailed at halftime in 13 of its 18 games this season, coming back to win four of those games. The Jackets are 14-49 when trailing at the half under Josh Pastner. Tech has averaged 71.2 points per game away from home this season (76.75 in its four ACC road games), and averaged 63.6 at McCamish Pavilion.

Tech assisted on 16 of 25 made field goals vs. UVA and has assisted on 137 of 217 made field goals in ACC games (63.1 percent), the best rate in the ACC. Tech has averaged 43.2 points in the paint over its last five games, compared to 30.8 for its opponents. Tech is plus-2 assist-to-turnovers in ACC games, minus-56 in non-conference games. The Jackets have been on the plus side of that ledger in three of the last five games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 67.39
  • Field Goal Percentage: 44.99
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.18
  • Free Throw Percentage: 65.00
  • Total Rebounds: 35.39

Defense

  • Total Score: 67.67
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.26
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.09
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.06
  • Total Rebounds: 35.44

Why Bet on Louisville?

The Cards (15-3) won their fourth in a row Saturday, 79-73 at then-No. 3 Duke. The Cardinals — who improbably blew a 23-point lead in the final 10 minutes of a home loss to Duke last year — hung on despite finding themselves in a tight finish after leading by 15 in the first half and 10 at halftime. Leading 71-70, Louisville (6-1 ACC) got two free throws from Dwayne Sutton with 3:11 remaining and then got five consecutive defensive stops during a critical game-clinching sequence.

For the first two months of the season, Louisville had trouble winning when star Jordan Nwora didn’t play well. But against Duke on Saturday — on the road, likely the toughest game Louisville is going to play this season — Nwora had a season-low six points on 12 shots and Louisville had one of its most efficient offensive performances in the past month. The biggest factor was the continued emergence of freshman guard David Johnson. He had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists against Duke.

Georgia Tech vs Louisville should be an easy one for the Cards.

Johnson fell and landed awkwardly on his shoulder with just over 3 minutes remaining in the game. He did not return, but he and Chris Mack both said later that night that the injury was not as bad as it initially appeared. Johnson had it iced at the time but said it was just a “bump and bruise” and that he expected to be OK. So Johnson should be in there for this one.

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The Cards’ 44 points in the paint were a season-high, passing the previous high of 42 in the season opener against Miami. Louisville also scored a season-high 23 fast break points, passing the previous high of 13 points on three occasions.

In its last five games, Louisville has made 45.2 percent of its shots from three-point range (42-of-93), including 19-of-39 in the last two (.487). Louisville has a 50-16 record in its conference home games over the last eight years (.754). UofL has the fifth-most conference home wins in its six years in the ACC with a 35-13 ACC home record.

UofL has held 14 of its 18 opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field this season, including its last game against Duke (.371), the ACC leader in field goal percentage.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 74.89
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.23
  • Three-Point Percentage: 38.67
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.91
  • Total Rebounds: 39.89

Defense

  • Total Score: 62.22
  • Field Goal Percentage: 36.78
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.20
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.50
  • Total Rebounds: 33.67

Georgia Tech vs Louisville College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Yellow Jackets are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games played in January
  • Yellow Jackets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played on a Wednesday
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Georgia Tech’s last 10 games this season
  • Cardinals are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games at home
  • Cardinals are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisville’s last 7 games played on a Wednesday

Expert Prediction for Georgia Tech vs Louisville

Georgia Tech 59 – Louisville 73

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