Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Loyola Ramblers Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Loyola Ramblers
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Georgia Tech (+2)
Hinkle Fieldhouse is the site where and the Loyola Ramblers (24-4) will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-8) on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. Loyola opens this matchup as 2-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 126.5.
Georgia Tech heads into this game with a record of 17-8 this year. The Yellow Jackets are hitting 34.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (189 of 542) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They average 75.5 pts per contest (76th in D-1) while hitting 47.4% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Georgia Tech is pulling in 30.8 boards per contest and has earned 401 dimes for the season, which is 31st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Yellow Jackets are able to force 15.9 turnovers per game and they draw 15.4 personal fouls. They are surrendering 36.6% from beyond the arc and they are 174th in the nation in PPG from their opponents (70.0). The Yellow Jackets defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.9% (643 of 1,402) and they relinquish 34.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 274th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 350 relinquished this year.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets played the Florida State Seminoles and earned the victory with a final of 80-75 in their last contest. Georgia Tech wrapped up the game with a 43.5% FG percentage (27 out of 62) and made 5 out of their 23 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Yellow Jackets converted 21 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 22 with 12 of them being offensive. They also dished out 13 assists in this game in addition to forcing 24 turnovers and getting 15 steals. Pertaining to defense, Georgia Tech allowed their opponent to shoot 56.0% from the floor on 28 out of 50 shooting. Florida State distributed 12 assists and had 1 steal in the matchup. On top of that, Florida State collected 34 rebounds (12 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Florida State walked away from this one shooting 78.6% from the charity stripe by burying 11 of their 14 shots. They buried 8 of 15 attempts from 3-point land.
Michael Devoe is one guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He totaled 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. Devoe finished 66.7% from the field and earned 3 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Yellow Jackets was Moses Wright. He grabbed 8 rebounds in his 36 minutes on the hardwood. He finished 38.5% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-13 (15 points). Overall, Wright earned 2 assists.
Loyola has a record of 24-4 this year. Loyola has earned 2,002 pts for the year (71.5 per contest) and they pull down 32.6 rebounds per game. The Ramblers commit 14.3 personal fouls per game and they go 72.3% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Ramblers are shooting 50.5% from the field, which ranks 13th in college basketball. They are assisting teammates 15.8 times per contest (40th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.9 times per contest. The Ramblers are ranked 1st in college basketball in points given up per game with 55.5. They are forcing 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.7% from the field (42nd in the country). The Loyola defense gives up 32.6% from downtown (158 of 485) and their opponents are connecting on 70.1% of their free throw shots. They give up 9.3 assists and 27.7 boards per contest, which is 5th and 2nd in those defensive categories.
The last time they took the court, the Loyola Ramblers took home the win by a final score of 75-65 against the Drake Bulldogs. The Ramblers corralled 24 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 for the game. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while earning 5 steals in this game. The Bulldogs committed 14 fouls in this game which got the Ramblers to the free throw line for a total of 15 tries. They were able to bury 13 of those for a percentage of 86.7%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Loyola converted 10 out of their 17 tries (58.8%). When all was said and done, the Ramblers shot 26 for 44 from the field which gave them a rate of 59.1%. The Ramblers allowed the Bulldogs to bury 24 of 55 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.6% in the matchup. They finished 43.8% from distance by connecting on 7 of 16 and ended up shooting 10 of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Loyola permitted Drake to pull down 22 in total (7 offensive).
Braden Norris ended up being a major contributor for the Ramblers in the game. He buried 6 of 11 for this game for a field goal rate of 54.5%, and added 1 rebound. Norris racked up 20 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood and had 3 assists for the game. An additional guy who came through for Loyola was Cameron Krutwig. He ended up walking away with 4 dimes in his 31 minutes played, and he shot 7 out of 12 from the floor. Krutwig ended the game having shot 58.3% from the floor and also earning 20 points and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Georgia Tech (+2)
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