Duke Blue Devils vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Duke (+2)
The Duke Blue Devils (11-9) head to McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday where they'll meet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-8). The odds on this matchup have Georgia Tech as 2-point favorites. The O/U is set at 146.5.
Duke enters this one with a mark of 11-9 on the season. The Blue Devils are hitting 35.7% on three-point shots (168 of 471) and 70.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 75.9 pts per contest (75th in the country) while going 47.1% from the field. They cough up possession 12.8 times per contest and as a team are committing 16.9 fouls every game. As a unit, Duke is snagging 35.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 319 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 94th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Blue Devils are forcing their opponents into 13.5 turnovers per game and they draw 15.0 fouls. They are giving up 37.4% on shots from downtown while they are 221st in the country in PPG allowed (71.6). The Blue Devils defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.1% (526 of 1,140) and they surrender 33.2 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 137th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 253 conceded for the campaign.
The Duke Blue Devils faced off with the Louisville Cardinals and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 80-73 in their last game. Duke ended the contest with a 44.8% FG percentage (26 out of 58) and converted 4 of their 21 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Blue Devils made 17 of 23 tries for a rate of 73.9%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 30 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 17 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 7 steals. In regard to defending, Duke allowed 45.5% from the field on 30 of 66 shooting. Louisville distributed 12 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, Louisville grabbed 39 rebounds (14 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Louisville ended up shooting 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 16 of their 24 tries. They converted 4 out of their 12 tries from beyond the arc.
Matthew Hurt is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He recorded 37 points on 15 out of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 43 minutes played and totaled 7 rebounds. Hurt finished the game at 71.4% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. Another guy that was a factor in the game for the Blue Devils was Wendell Moore. He grabbed 9 rebounds in 38 min played. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field for the matchup by going 3-of-6 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Moore had 4 assists.
Georgia Tech has a record of 13-8 on the campaign. As an offense, the Yellow Jackets are hitting on 47.3% from the floor, which ranks them 51st in the nation. Georgia Tech has accumulated 1,582 points on the year (75.3 per game) and they grab 30.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 16.3 times per contest (30th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 11.1 times per game. The Yellow Jackets commit 15.6 fouls per game and they hit 73.0% from the free throw line. The Yellow Jackets on the defensive end are ranked 173rd in the country in points allowed per contest with 70.0. They are able to force 15.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the field (277th in college hoops). The Georgia Tech defense gives up 36.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (151 of 409) and opponents are knocking down 71.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 14.3 dimes and 34.7 boards every game, which has them ranked 270th and 165th in the nation.
When they last stepped on the court, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets went home victorious with a score of 84-77 against the Syracuse Orange. The Yellow Jackets were able to pull down 21 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards for a total of 36 for the game. They turned it over 11 times, while recording 9 steals in the matchup. The Orange had 17 personal fouls in this game which took the Yellow Jackets to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 61.9%. In relation to shots from downtown, Georgia Tech buried 5 out of their 19 attempts (26.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Yellow Jackets finished shooting 33 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Yellow Jackets allowed the Orange to bury 28 of 62 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 45.2% for the matchup. They finished 33.3% from distance by going 7 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 19 at the free throw line (73.7%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Georgia Tech permitted Syracuse to snag 32 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Moses Wright pitched in for the Yellow Jackets for this game. He converted 14 of 25 in this contest for a rate of 56.0%, and had 16 rebounds. Wright earned 31 points in his 40 mins on the hardwood and had 2 assists in the game. Another guy that was important for Georgia Tech was Jordan Usher. He walked away with 6 dimes in 39 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 7 of 11 from the floor. Usher wrapped this one up going 63.6% from the floor while also collecting 19 points and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Duke (+2)
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