Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Georgia Tech (+9)
The Virginia Cavaliers (9-2) play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-3) at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday. Virginia opens this matchup as 9-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 123.5.
Georgia Tech steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 7-3 for the season. They turn the ball over 12.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 16.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Georgia Tech is snagging 33.2 rebounds per game and has accounted for 170 dimes for the season, which is 143rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Yellow Jackets are connecting on 36.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (89 of 241) and 71.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 80.4 pts per contest (41st in the country) while shooting 47.6% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Yellow Jackets are forcing their opponents into 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 161st in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 145 relinquished for the year. The Yellow Jackets are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 45.4% (264 of 582) and they surrender 34.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They concede 37.5% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 236th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (72.5).
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets faced the Clemson Tigers and walked away with a win by a score of 83-65 in their last contest. Georgia Tech wrapped up the game with a 57.4% field goal percentage (31 out of 54) and buried 16 of 26 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Yellow Jackets buried 5 of 8 shots for a percentage of 62.5%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected 17 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 21 dimes for the contest in addition to having 11 steals and 2 blocks. When talking about defending, Georgia Tech allowed 57.4% from the field on 31 out of 54 shooting. Clemson distributed 16 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Tigers collected 26 rebounds (9 offensive, 17 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Clemson walked away from this one shooting 85.7% when shooting free throws by burying 6 of 7 tries. They converted 9 out of their 18 tries from 3-point range.
Michael Devoe is a player who came through for this contest. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and also collected 4 boards. Devoe went 66.7% from the field and recorded 6 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Yellow Jackets was Moses Wright. He grabbed 3 boards and also tallied 3 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the field for the game via 9-of-15 (21 points). Overall, Wright saw the court for 38 min.
Virginia has a win-loss mark of 9-2 for the year. As an offense, the Cavaliers are connecting on 50.7% from the field, which ranks them 23rd in the country. Virginia has totaled 809 points so far this season (73.5 per contest) and they average 32.4 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 14.0 times per game (145th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 8.2 times per contest. The Cavaliers are committing 13.3 fouls per game and they connect on 80.2% from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers on defense are ranked 7th in D-1 in PPG given up with 59.4. The Virginia defense allows 33.1% from downtown (80 of 242) and opponents are converting on 74.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 11.6 assists and 28.6 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 90th and 8th in those categories. They are forcing 10.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 40.6% from the floor (74th in the nation).
The last time they took the court, the Virginia Cavaliers went home victorious with a score of 85-50 against the Clemson Tigers. The Cavaliers were able to corral 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in this game. They also stuffed 2 tries while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Tigers committed 8 personal fouls for the game which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 2 tries. They were able to bury 2 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 100.0%. In relation to 3-pointers, Virginia buried 15 of 27 attempts (55.6%). When all was said and done, the Cavaliers finished shooting 34 out of 56 from the field which had them shooting 60.7%. The Cavaliers permitted the Tigers to convert 21 out of their 52 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 40.4% for the game. They finished the game shooting 21.7% from three-point range by going 5 of 23 and ended up going 3 out of 4 at the free throw line (75.0%). When discussing how they rebounded, Virginia permitted Clemson to grab 20 overall (4 on the offensive side).
Sam Hauser ended up being important for the Cavaliers in this matchup. He converted 5 out of 7 for this game for a rate of 71.4%, which earned him 14 points. Hauser pulled down 8 boards in his 29 mins played and totaled 2 dimes for this contest. Someone else that was pivotal for Virginia was Thomas Woldetensae. He finished with 14 points in his 20 minutes played by way of 5 of 7 shooting in the game. Woldetensae walked away from this one going 71.4% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Virginia (-9)
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