Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 2/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Georgia Tech (+2)
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-8) head to Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll meet the Virginia Tech Hokies (14-4). Virginia Tech opens this matchup as 2-point favorites. The total has been set at 138.
Georgia Tech enters this matchup with a mark of 11-8 so far this season. They currently have an average of 75.2 pts per contest (92nd in the nation) while going 46.9% from the floor. The Yellow Jackets are shooting 35.8% on shots from distance (154 of 430) and 74.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Georgia Tech is grabbing 30.8 boards per game and is sitting with 303 dimes this year, which ranks 76th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They cough up possession 11.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.7 fouls per game. When they are on the defensive end, the Yellow Jackets are forcing 15.5 turnovers every game while drawing 14.9 personal fouls. The Yellow Jackets are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.8% (492 of 1,075) and they relinquish 34.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 240th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 276 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 194th in D-1 in PPG allowed (70.5).
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets played the Miami Hurricanes and walked away with a win by a score of 87-60 in their last game. Georgia Tech walked away from the game having earned a 57.1% field goal percentage (36 of 63) and converted 11 out of their 26 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Yellow Jackets knocked down 4 of 4 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 34 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 assists for the matchup in addition to having 10 steals and 2 blocks. In the matter of defending, Georgia Tech allowed the other team to shoot 57.1% from the floor on 36 out of 63 shooting. Miami recorded 10 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. Additionally, the Hurricanes pulled down 25 rebounds (7 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Miami went 71.4% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 21 tries. They made 5 of their 17 shots from distance.
Michael Devoe is a player who was important in this contest. He had 29 points on 11 of 16 shooting. He played 29 minutes and also totaled 2 rebounds. Devoe shot 68.8% from the floor but had no assists when the game ended. An additional guy that was a major factor in this game for the Yellow Jackets was Jose Alvarado. He had 2 boards and tallied 6 assists. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the floor for the contest by hitting 6-of-8 (16 points). When the final whistle was blown, Alvarado played for 28 minutes.
Virginia Tech has a win-loss mark of 14-4 so far this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Hokies are connecting on 44.7% from the floor, which is ranked 151st in the country. Virginia Tech has 1,305 points for the year (72.5 per contest) and they average 35.3 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.1 times per contest (115th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.6 times per game. The Hokies commit 16.1 fouls per game while shooting 70.9% from the free throw line. The Hokies defensively are ranked 60th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 65.6. They have relinquished 10.7 dimes and 31.8 boards per game, which is ranked 34th and 51st in the nation. The Virginia Tech defense concedes 32.5% on three-point shots (125 of 385) and opponents are connecting on 71.8% of their foul shots. They are forcing 11.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the field (120th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Virginia Tech Hokies got the victory with a final of 80-76 when they played the Miami Hurricanes. The Hokies recorded 24 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 for this game. They blocked 5 shots while earning 7 steals in this matchup. The Hurricanes had 12 fouls in this matchup which took the Hokies to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to make 12 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 80.0%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Virginia Tech knocked down 8 of 23 attempts (34.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Hokies shot 30 out of 63 from the field which had them shooting 47.6%. The Hokies permitted the Hurricanes to knock down 24 of their 58 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.4% for the contest. They shot 30.0% from beyond the arc by hitting 6 of 20 and ended up shooting 22 of 26 at the charity stripe (84.6%). Concerning rebounding, Virginia Tech allowed Miami to get 33 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Justyn Mutts pitched in for the Hokies in this game. He knocked down 9 of 14 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 64.3%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Mutts grabbed 9 boards in his 39 mins and added 7 assists for the matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Virginia Tech was Keve Aluma. He racked up 16 points in 43 minutes played by going 5 of 13 from the floor in the matchup. Aluma finished going 38.5% from the field as well as totaling 5 dimes and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Virginia Tech (-2)
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