Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Georgia Tech (+1.5)
Purcell Pavilion is the venue where and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-6) will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-3) on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have Notre Dame as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 141.5.
Georgia Tech comes into this matchup with a mark of 6-3 so far this season. They cough up possession 12.2 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Georgia Tech is pulling in 34.9 boards per contest and has accumulated 149 assists on the year, which is 68th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Yellow Jackets are shooting 34.0% on shots from distance (73 of 215) and 71.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 80.1 pts per game (65th in D-1) while hitting 46.7% from the floor. On defense, the Yellow Jackets are forcing 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 fouls. The Yellow Jackets are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.8% (239 of 534) and they relinquish 35.1 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 260th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 129 conceded for the season. They are surrendering 36.4% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 251st in D-1 in PPG allowed (73.3).
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets faced off with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and went home with a win by a final score of 70-54 in their last contest. Georgia Tech ended with a 51.0% FG percentage (26 of 51) and made 9 of their 26 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Yellow Jackets buried 9 of 14 attempts for a rate of 64.3%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 31 with 3 of them being offensive. They also recorded 16 dimes for the matchup while earning 11 steals and 4 rejections. In relation to defense, Georgia Tech let their opponent shoot 51.0% from the floor on 26 of 51 shooting. Wake Forest distributed 10 dimes and had 9 steals for the game. Additionally, the Demon Deacons grabbed 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Wake Forest finished the game at 63.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 11 shots. They knocked down 3 of 20 attempts from 3-point range.
Jose Alvarado is one guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He walked away with 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He played 36 mins and also grabbed 4 boards. Alvarado ended up going 64.3% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Yellow Jackets was Michael Devoe. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He ended up shooting 42.9% from the field for this game by hitting 6-of-14 (17 points). In all, Devoe played for 33 minutes.
Notre Dame has a win-loss mark of 3-6 for the campaign. The Fighting Irish have committed 12.4 personal fouls every game and they shoot 79.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14.6 times per game (117th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.0 times per game. Notre Dame has accumulated 643 pts on the year (71.4 per game) and they snag 32.4 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Fighting Irish are connecting on 45.2% from the floor, which ranks 155th in the nation. The Fighting Irish are ranked 264th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 74.2. The Notre Dame defense concedes 38.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (80 of 208) and opponents are knocking down 76.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 15.6 dimes and 35.6 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 296th and 198th in college hoops. They are forcing 8.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.5% from the floor (242nd in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a loss by a score of 66-65 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Fighting Irish were able to collect 22 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards totaling 25 in the matchup. They also blocked 3 tries while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Tar Heels had 10 personal fouls in the game which got the Fighting Irish to the free throw line for 6 tries. They were able to make 2 of them for a rate of 33.3%. In regard to three-point shots, Notre Dame knocked down 11 out of their 30 attempts (36.7%). Overall, the Fighting Irish finished 26 for 55 from the floor which had them at 47.3%. The Fighting Irish permitted the Tar Heels to make 24 of their 69 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 34.8% for this game. They finished 34.8% from beyond the arc via 8 of 23 and finished the contest at 10 out of 14 from the charity stripe (71.4%). When it comes to team rebounding, Notre Dame allowed North Carolina to pull down 44 in total (20 on the offensive glass).
Nate Laszewski ended up being important for the Fighting Irish for this contest. He converted 9 of 14 for the game for a field goal percentage of 64.3%, which gave him 25 points. Laszewski pulled down 9 boards in his 36 minutes played and earned 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Notre Dame was Prentiss Hubb. He was able to score 14 points in his 37 minutes played via 7 of 12 shooting for the game. Hubb ended the game having shot 58.3% from the floor as well as totaling 5 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Notre Dame (-1.5)
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