Boston College vs. Georgia Tech: NCAA Basketball Picks

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:37 PM GMT

The Boston College Eagles (8-23, 4-14) square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (15-16, 6-12) in the 1st round of the ACC Tournament and the only way that these teams will see the NCAA Tournament is to run the table and win the ACC Championship; this doesn’t seem likely.

Home Court Advantage?

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at Greensboro, North Carolina and the Yellow Jackets get somewhat of a home court advantage. Even though this is a neutral site game, geographically speaking, Georgia Tech fans have an opportunity to travel to the game by car. The fans should be predominantly Georgia Tech fans.

Shockingly, the Yellow Jackets are a mere 1.5 point betting favorite and the totals for the game is 133.5. In my opinion, the bookies missed the boat when creating the NCAA basketball odds and this is a gift if you’re backing Georgia Tech.

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Momentum For the Jackets

Georgia Tech has had a poor season, but is coming off of 2 straight victories, one of those victories being a huge upset against the Syracuse Orange.Trae Golden (12.9 ppg., 3.1 apg.), Daniel Miller (11.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg., 58.9 FG%), and Robert Carter Jr. (11 points, 8.1 rpg.) all had big games against Syracuse and along with a slumping Marcus Georges- Hunt, will have to play well even against a bottom-feeder such as B.C.

There’s no stand out star on this team. Golden leads the team in scoring, but is unable to crack the 40% mark where field goal shooting is concerned. Carter Jr. has played quite well as of late and could come up big here. He’s averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds in his last 4 games and considering the solid defense that they possess, the offensive depth on this team should be good enough to get them into the 2nd round.

The B.C. Bottom Feeders

You look at their schedules and all that you see are “L’s” along the way, but the Eagles are also another team that knocked off Syracuse. This means that any team is capable of winning at any time and that has to give Boston College some hope.

Read capper Jeff Grant's take on this matchup.

2-Man Show

Boston College doesn’t have the depth that Georgia Tech has, but they have to go to players in Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson. Hanlan has been a flatout stud as of late, averaging 23 points in his last 4 games and is a legitimate 3-point threat. Anderson is a bit inconsistent, but has still managed to average 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds on the season.

In order for Boston College to have any chance in this game, their defense must play better and Hanlan will need assistance. Guard, Joe Rahon, has had some good games earlier in the season, but he’s been a non-factor as of late offensively. Someone will need to provide support or the Eagles’ season will be finished.

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Outcome

Although Olivier Hanlan is a major threat and this game is being played on a neutral site, Georgia Tech is the far superior team here. The betting spread is a joke and you should load up on Georgia Tech.

Pick- Georgia Tech -1.5 at Bet 365