Pick Home Cover in Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 14, 2014 3:28 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 3:28 PM GMT

Georgia Tech has had the upper hand over Georgia under its current head coach, which makes Friday night’s home favorite the clear NCAA basketball pick in Atlanta.

Trending Upward
The Georgia Bulldogs have just made their first postseason appearance in three years during the 2013-14 campaign, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as six of eight players that averaged at least 10 minutes per game return to Athens. The Bulldogs have one of the top backcourts in the Southeastern Conference, with Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann averaging a combined 26.9 points last year.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-15 SU and 12-10 ATS on the road, with the UNDER going 10-7 in that situation.

 

Early Rivalry Game
Georgia Tech hasn’t played a season opener against its in-state rival since 1977-78, but it has won the last three meetings in this series under fourth-year head coach Brian Gregory, including a 80-71 victory as two-point road favorites last year. It’s important to point out that all three of those aforementioned games took place at the Omni Arena in downtown Atlanta, which has the Yellow Jackets excited to welcome in the Bulldogs into McCamish Pavilion.Since the start of the 2012-12 campaign, the school is 21-13 SU and 10-14 ATS at home.

 

Thornton Is the Key
With Gaines battling mononucleosis for much of the preseason, the Bulldogs will need fifth-year senior Marcus Thornton to be more aggressive offensively, as he averaged 8.3 points and 6.1 rebounds last year. Mann will still be the go-to scorer late in the game, as he earned Second-Team All-SEC honors during his sophomore campaign, while also pouring in a game-high 24 points in last year’s defeat in this rivalry.

 

Continue Improving
The players in Gregory’s first recruiting class are now juniors, but it was unable to take the next step from his second to third year on campus in 2013-14, as injuries forced five different players to miss a total of 84 games. Georgia Tech’s returning players accounted for 32.7 percent of its scoring and 29.2 percent of its rebounding, with Marcus Georges-Hunt and Corey Heyward coming back as starters.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend for this NCAAB pick that readers back the Yellow Jackets as one of their main sports betting picks, as the home team has covered the number in nine of the last 14 meetings in this series.

 

NCAA Basketball PickGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets -2.5 at BetCRIS

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