Wednesday night college basketball and we will see the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel to the Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN 2. Current Vegas betting odds have Duke listed as 18 point favorites, while the total is set at 137.5.
Analysis: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets could not follow up their big road win over Miami with another win, as they lost to NC State at home in OT on Saturday. The Jackets are now just 10-11 on the year, including just 1-8 in the ACC. Georgia Tech has gone 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games, but just 8-20 ATS the last 28 meetings in the series. The Yellow Jackets have been a poor offensive team this year, ranking 246th in scoring (64.6 ppg), 274th in shooting (41.37%), 349th in 3 point shooting (25.7%) and 205th in FT shooting (68.2%). Defensively Georgia Tech has been decent as they come in ranked 112th in points allowed (63.8 ppg), 201st in defensive FG% (43.1%) and 66th in 3 point defense (31.2%).
The Duke Blue Devils had an up and down week last week as they lost 77-73 at Notre Dame, but followed it up with a nice 69-63 road win over Virginia. The Blue Devils and now at 18-3 on the year, which includes a 5-3 mark in the ACC and a 9-1 mark at home. Duke has gone 5-1 ATS the last 6 home games in the series, but 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 vs. the ACC and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Blue Devils have been a very good offensive team this year, ranking 11th in scoring (80.6 ppg), 8th in shooting (49.7%), 53rd in 3 point shooting (37.6%) and 178th in FT shooting (69.0%). Defensively the Blue Devils have been rather average, as they come in ranked 138th in points allowed (64.5 ppg), 174th in defensive FG% (42.6%) and 27th in 3 point defense (29.7%).
Pick: Going with the Under in this game. I know that Duke will want to run here, but they can also play a slow grind it out game like the Yellow Jackets will try and do. For the Yeah the Jackets have averaged 64.6 ppg overall and 62.1 ppg on the road, while Duke has played solid defense at home, allowing just 63.3 ppg. The Blue Devils can score as they have averaged 89.1 ppg at home, but they do come in averaging just 72.2 ppg in their last 5 games overall and Tech has not been a bad defensive team this year allowing just 67 ppg on the road and 61.6 ppg (Regulation) in their last 8 games overall. This game may top 130 points, but barely. 74-56 sounds about right here.
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