Pittsburgh vs. Georgia Tech - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-12) at Pittsburgh Panthers (14-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 128
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pitt Panthers meet in ACC college basketball action from the Petersen Events Center on Saturday night.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to build on a 76-57 win over Virginia Tech last time out. Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Moses Wright added 14 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and Michael Devoe added 12 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bubba Parham added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Georgia Tech in the winning effort. James Banks III added 6 points with 7 rebounds of his own as well in the victory. Devoe leads Georgia Tech in scoring with an average of 16 points per game while Banks III leads the Yellow Jackets on the glass with 7.7 rebounds per game and Alvarado leads Georgia Tech in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is averaging 68.3 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 29.6% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.
The Pitt Panthers will look to rebound from an 80-72 loss to Notre Dame last time out. Justin Champagnie led the Panthers with 20 points along with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Xavier Johnson added 17 points with 4 assists and 3 steals and Trey McGowens added 15 points with a team-high 5 assists in addition to a pair of steals to finish off the scoring in double figures for Pitt in the losing effort. McGowens leads Pitt in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game while Champagnie leads the Panthers in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Johnson leads Pitt in assists with 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Pitt is averaging 66.5 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 30.3% from behind the arc and 72.5% from the foul line this season.
Georgia Tech is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 13-6 in their last 19 games overall. Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 36-15-1 in their last 52 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The free points with Georgia Tech at home are tempting considering how well the Yellow Jackets have played lately. However, the recent wins have been coming at home, while the Yellow Jackets continue to have issues playing on the road. Pitt does some of their best work at home this year and have won their last 3 home games against Miami, Boston College and North Carolina. I just don’t see a different result against Georgia Tech, so I’ll lay the bucket with the Panthers here.