Georgia Tech at Virginia: 3/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Virginia Cavaliers (18-6) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8)
Game Info: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and 16th ranked Virginia Cavaliers will square off at Greensboro Coliseum in the Semifinals of the ACC Championship this Friday night.
The 4-seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8) was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the 13-seed Miami Hurricanes, 70-66, on Thursday. Georgia Tech was solid offensively against Miami and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 61-53 lead with 7:25 left in regulation. Georgia Tech shot 48.3% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc while Miami shot 46.8% from the field and 31.3% from beyond the arc. Georgia Tech was outrebounded by Miami by a 31-30 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 18-11 margin. Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was Jordan Usher who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals.
Coming into their game against Miami, Georgia Tech was averaging 75.6 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets were averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia Tech had been led by Moses Wright (18.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.7 bpg), Jose Alvarado (15.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.9 spg), Michael Devoe (15.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), & Jordan Usher (11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Georgia Tech was allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets had a rebound margin of -3.3 and a turnover margin of 4.1.
The 1-seed Virginia Cavaliers (18-6) was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the Syracuse Orange, 72-69, on Thursday. Virginia allowed Syracuse to fight back from a 67-61 deficit late in regulation to the tie the game with :29 seconds left, however, the Cavaliers were able to avoid the upset after Reece Beekman hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Virginia shot 45.5% from the field and 31.4% from beyond the arc while Syracuse shot 42.1% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. Virginia lost the turnover battle by a 12-7 margin, however, did outrebound Syracuse by a 33-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Sam Hauser who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 block.
Coming into their game against Syracuse, Virginia was averaging 68.5 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers were averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia had been led by Sam Hauser (15.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Jay Huff (13.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 bpg), Trey Murphy III (11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), & Kihei Clark (9.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.5 apg).
Defensively, Virginia was holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers had a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The Yellow Jackets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games following an ATS. The Cavaliers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Virginia earned the top-seed in the ACC Tournament, however, they are facing the hottest team in the ACC in Georgia Tech who come into this game riding a 7-game winning streak that included wins at Virginia Tech & Duke. Virginia has a great defense, but their offense can struggle at times, and as I think Georgia Tech will be able to have some success offensively behind their offense that ranks 74th in scoring offense & 36th in FG%, I am taking the Yellow Jackets and the points. Good Luck!