Georgia Tech Yellowjackets (11-12) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-11)
NCAA BB: February 10, 2019 @ 6:00 PM EST (Purcell Pavilion)
Line and Odds: Notre Dame -5 — Over/Under: 131
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Both teams come into this conference game struggling lately. Georgia Tech has lost 4 of their last 5 games all by double digits. On the other hand, Notre Dame also come into this one losers of four out of their previous 5 games. Both teams could desperately use a win to get out of their funk.
The Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are 3-7 in their last ten games as well as in conference games. Some of these losses have been to #22 Florida State (59-49), #2 Duke (66-53, and #8 North Carolina (77-54). The reason for the lack of success this year for the Jackets is due to their stagnant offense. Georgia Tech scores an average of 65.8 points per game which ranks 324th in the nation. Georgia Tech’s defense does everything in their power to make up for the substandard offense. The Yellowjackets allow an average of 64 PPG ranking 22nd in the country in that category. Even with this superb defense, Georgia Tech’s average margin of victory is only 1.7 points (176th). The team is led by guard Jose Alvarado who scores 12 PPG. Georgia tech only has one other player who averages over 10 PPG making them very reliant on one or two players each night to find production offensively. Georgia Tech has not been very good on the road going 2-5 so far this year away from Atlanta. Their defense will need to travel well in order to improve that away record.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a 2-8 record in their last ten games and they currently sit 11th in the ACC. Notre Dame’s offense is slightly better than Georgia Tech’s scoring 71.7 points per game ranking 220th nationally. The defense of the Irish gives up 69.8 points per game ranking 134th in the nation giving them an average margin of victory of just 1.8 points (175th). Forward John Mooney leads the way for the Irish scoring 14.3 PPG and grabbing 10.7 RPG. To add to his double-double average, Notre Dame also has two other players who score more than ten points per game giving them a few reliable options on a nightly basis. Notre Dame has been pretty good at home so far going 10-5 when trying to defend their floor. That trend will need to continue for the Irish to cover this spread.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
Georgia Tech is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
Georgia Tech is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia Tech’s last 5 games
Georgia Tech is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Georgia Tech is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Notre Dame’s last 8 games
Notre Dame is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Notre Dame is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games at home
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This game is an interesting matchup to me. This game will be decided on if Georgia Tech can find enough production on the offensive side of the ball to stay in this game. The Jacket’s defense should do enough to hold Notre Dame, but Georgia Tech will need to be able to score some points too. If they can get things moving through Alvarado, they could steal a win in a hostile environment.