Auburn vs. Georgia NCAA Basketball Picks and Predictions

Auburn vs. Georgia NCAA Basketball Picks and Predictions
Babatunde Akingbola #13 of the Auburn Tigers reacts. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Two teams look to shake off their SEC losing streaks when Auburn travels to Georgia on Wednesday. Which team will cover the spread? Let’s take a look at their NCAAB Odds.

Auburn Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 07:00 PM EST at Stegeman Coliseum

Two teams look to regain the spark they had at the start of the season and end their SEC losing streaks when Auburn travels to Georgia for a midweek conference game on Wednesday night. After running through their non-conference slate with a 6-2 record—with one of the losses coming to No. 1 Gonzaga—Auburn took a five-game winning streak into SEC play.

The Tigers haven’t won since, losing their last four. Auburn lost to Arkansas by 12 and at Ole Miss by 11. The slump also includes a two-point road loss at Texas A&M and most recently, a home loss to rival Alabama by four. Georgia has also found it tough going in the SEC. The Dawgs were undefeated in the non-conference schedule, going 7-0, although all the opponents were Quadrant III or IV foes.

Georgia’s first real test came with conference play, and the Bulldogs haven’t passed one yet. UGA is 0-3 in the SEC with losses to Mississippi State by 10, at LSU in overtime by two, and most recently, a 30-point beat down at Arkansas.

Auburn Needs a W

Auburn will look to avoid its worst start to conference play since 2013-14, when the Tigers lost their first six SEC games. This is already the worst start in Bruce Pearl’s tenure as Auburn head coach.

There’s hope on the horizon, though. Freshman point guard Sharife Cooper made his debut in Saturday’s game after getting cleared by the NCAA. He had missed the first 11 games but made his presence known, scoring 26 points with nine assists and winning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. “He has definitely, obviously, made us better offensively,” Pearl said.

Pearl is also hopeful of getting back another freshman. Jeremy Powell has missed two games after suffering a concussion on January 2nd against A&M. His return will give Auburn an 11.7 ppg scorer, to go with his 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Auburn has four other double-figure scorers to go with the two freshmen. Allen Flanigan is averaging 14.0 ppg, Jaylin Williams 10.8, and Jamal Johnson 10.7.

Auburn has five players who have hit at least 15 threes this season, led by Powell (.442), Flanigan (.400), and Williams (.372). Auburn’s 10.1 made threes per game leads the SEC. On the other end of the court, Auburn is 60th in the country in three-point defense, which is not a good sign for Georgia, who hits just over 30 percent of its outside shots.

Devan Cambridge #35 and Allen Flanigan #22 of the Auburn Tigers. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Georgia Needs a W

Like Auburn, Georgia will rely on reinforcements to try to snap its losing streak to start SEC play. And like Auburn, the boost will come from a previously ineligible freshman. Four-star guard K.D. Johnson has been cleared to make his college debut. He lit things up at Hargrave Military Academy last year, scoring 26.2 ppg with 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.1 steals.

In the last two-plus seasons, Georgia is just 8-33 in SEC play and looking to avoid its fifth four-game losing streak under head coach Tom Crean. The Bulldogs have balanced scoring. They’re the only team in the country with six players (who have played at least six games) to average in double-figures scoring. Georgia will push the tempo to put up its points. The Dawgs are twelfth in the country in adjusted tempo and have played more than two possessions a game faster in the last three outings.

Georgia also performs well on the boards, ranking third in the SEC in rebounding margin at plus 7.4 per game. The Dawgs are filled with newcomers, but three of them are grad transfers, so Georgia is experienced and tough.

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The Pick

The Tigers are probably the more desperate team at this point in the season and, with four SEC games and a game against Gonzaga, are more battle-tested. Georgia is paying the price for a soft non-conference schedule. The numbers look good but mask a lot that is wrong with this team, something to be considered when making your college basketball bets at the best sportsbooks.

NCAAB Pick: Auburn +1.5 (-110) with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Auburn +1.5(-110)
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