Back the Dogs with Your NCAA Basketball Picks as Duke & Georgia Tech Meet in an ACC Showdown

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:13 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 2:13 PM GMT

Duke lands in a difficult scheduling spot Wednesday night, which makes Georgia Tech a dangerous road underdog at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Close Encounters
Seven of Georgia Tech’s eight Atlantic Coast Conference defeats have come by an average of 3.7 points, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks, as it comes off an 81-80 overtime setback to NC State as one-point home underdogs last time out.

The Yellow Jackets enter the week with a strength of schedule that ranks 27th nationally, while they sit behind just seven teams with a +8.8 rebounding margin.

Sports bettors will find that the school is 3-8 SU and 7-3-1 ATS as underdogs this season, with the OVER going 7-4 in that situation.

 

Exhausting Stretch
Duke is coming off a stretch of playing three consecutive road games in six days, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it returns home after earning a 69-63 victory over the second-ranked Virginia Cavaliers as 5.5-point underdogs last Saturday.

The Blue Devils scored on 14 of their last 15 offensive possessions to overcome an 11-point second half deficit versus the Cavaliers, while senior guard Quinn Cook provided senior leadership in knocking down 10 of 18 3-pointers during that recent run away from home.

It’s important to point out that the program is the only one in the country to rank in the top five of the AP Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll, Ratings Percentage Index and Strength of Schedule.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 33-1 SU and 19-15 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points.

 

Key Player
Due to the fact that the Yellow Jackers rank 307th in the country in effective field goal percentage—leading scorer Marcus Georges-Hunt will need to carry over his strong play from last month.

The junior has scored 20-plus points in each of his last three games by shooting 24 of 40 from the floor and 17 of 22 at the charity stripe, while he ranks 15th in the conference in scoring overall.

 

Domination
The Blue Devils are 9-1 SU at this historic venue, while they’ve lost more than one game at home twice over the past 14 seasons.

Duke has won seven straight and 14 of the last 15 meetings at this facility in this particular series, while Coach K is a dominating 53-18 all-time versus Georgia Tech.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yellow Jackets as one of their NCAA Basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in 11 of their last 15 road games versus teams with a winning home record.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Georgia Tech +16.5 at Bookmaker

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