College Basketball Pick: #2 Virginia Cavaliers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Cavaliers Try to Maintain Perfect ACC Record Against Yellow Jackets
When the #2 Virginia Tech Cavaliers (16-1 Overall, 5-0 ACC) travel to Atlanta tonight to play the unranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-7 Overall, 3-1 ACC) they will be looking to keep their conference record perfect. The Cavilers top the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets are in third place and 1.5 games in back of Virginia. Our Virginia plays Georgia Tech 2018 NCAA basketball ACC pick has the Cavaliers favored by either 7.5 or 8.0 and the over/under between 117.0 and 117.5. Tipoff is 8 p.m. E.T. at the McCamish Pavilion.
Virginia has lost one game all season. That was 68-61 to #18 Virginia Tech on Dec. 5. Prior to that loss, they reeled of eight straight wins, and after that loss, they won eight more. They last played Jan. 14, beating NC State 68-51. Eight days prior to that win they met #12 North Carolina, taming them 61-49. The Yellow Jackets come to the court tonight having won four straight games, including a 64-54 win against #15 Miami on Jan. 3. Their last loss was on Dec. 30 to Notre Dame 68-59. They last met the Fighting Irish on Jan. 10, reversing the tables and beating them 60-53. Their most recent game was on Jan. 13 when they beat Pittsburgh 69-54.
The Cavaliers are hitting 47.4% of their field goals and 39.9% of their threes, while the Jackets are knocking in 43.3% of their shots and of 31.9% their attempts from downtown. Those are fairly large discrepancies. The other major difference is on defense, where the Cavaliers are allowing 52.9 PPG and GT is giving up 62.8 PPG. Virginia is averaging 70.5 PPG. The Yellow Jackets are putting in 66.6 PPG. If Georgia Tech can keep up with Virginia’s three-point game and break through their defense, they’ll have a chance in this game.
Players to Watch
Virginia gets a lot of point production from sophomore guard Kyle Guy and senior guard Devon Hall, as Guy is averaging 15.5 PPG and Hall 12.7 PPG. Hall is grabbing 4.1 RPG and dishing off 3.4 APG. Senior forward Isaiah Wilkins is a key rebounder, averaging 7.3 PG. Georgia Tech does bring three players to the court who are double-digit scorers. Sophomore guard Josh Okogie and senior guard Tadric Jackson lead the way, averaging 18.8 PPG and 13.6 PPG respectively. Collectively, they are averaging 10 RPG. Senior center Ben Lammers is a major force grabbing 9.2 RPG, scoring 12.1 PPG, and making 2.9 BPG.
Our Virginia Plays Georgia Tech 2018 NCAA Basketball ACC Pick
The Cavaliers excel at foul shooting, as they are hitting 76.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. Georgia Tech is good on just 71.3%. There are some fairly large discrepancies between these teams when it comes to scoring. Our Virginia plays Georgia Tech 2018 NCAA basketball ACC pick is the Cavs at -7.5 and the over at 117.0.