Bet Georgia Tech -1 over Boston College for NCAAB Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:50 PM GMT

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finally put things together at the end of the regular season with a healthy roster, which will prove problematic for the Boston College Eagles Wednesday. The odds are out; which side are you riding?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this first round matchup in the 2014 ACC Tournament, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at the Greensboro Coliseum.

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Difficult schedule

Boston College went 8-23 SU and 9-19-1 ATS during the 2013-14 regular season, as it was unable to overcome playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.

The Eagles also compiled a disappointing 4-14 SU conference record, but it did manage to pick up a thrilling 62-59 overtime victory over the Syracuse Orange as 13.5-point road underdogs on Feb. 19.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 14-49 SU and 32-30 ATS as underdogs.

Building momentum

Georgia Tech closed the regular season by winning its last two contests—the team’s first winning streak since winning three consecutive games from Dec. 3-16.

The Yellow Jackets played their first 10 conference games with no more than nine scholarship players, sometimes with as few as seven.

Senior guard and leading scorer Trae Golden missed most if not all of the first five games in February, while sophomore forward Robert Carter Jr. returned to the lineup two weeks ago.

Revenge

College basketball handicappers may have an interest in backing the Eagles as underdogs on the SBR Odds page, considering they tallied a 84-64 victory over Georgia Tech in the opening round of this tournament a season ago.

Boston College dropped both regular-season meetings in this series during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 74-71 road defeat when receiving three points on Feb. 13.

Trouble in this setting

The Yellow Jackets are 8-15 SU in this event when playing in Greensboro, while they’ve averaged just 57 points over the course of their last seven ACC Tournament contests overall.

Georgia Tech should be able to score points in this affair, considering it averaged 71 points in its two victories over Boston College this year.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yellow Jackets as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games versus teams with a losing record.

ACC Tournament Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -1