Strong Home Court Edge Prompts Georgia Tech Underdog Pick

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:18 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 4:18 PM UTC

Ross Benjamin provides us with an insightful betting preview on Sunday’s game between Syracuse and Georgia Tech. This appears to be a very close call per today’s college basketball odds. However, our expert makes a compelling case for wagering on one of these teams.

Possible NCAA Tournament Elimination Game

Georgia Tech (15-11/6-7) will host Syracuse (16-11/8-6) on Sunday in an ACC matchup that’s vitally important to both teams NCAA Tournament hopes. This will be the first of 2 games these teams will play against one another before regular season action concludes. At the time of this writing, the best sportsbooks are displaying Syracuse as a 2.0 to 2.5-point favorite, and there’s a posted total of 136.0 across the board.


ACC Home/Away Splits

Syracuse has gone a disappointing 2-5 SU&ATS in their conference road contests. They’ve seen each of those 7 ACC away games go over the total, and there was a combined 163.9 points scored per contest. The Orange allowed 80 points or more and their opponents shot 48% or better in each of those outings.

Georgia Tech is a stellar 5-1 SU&ATS in their ACC home games. Included in those 5 victories were triumphs over nationally ranked North Carolina, Florida State, and Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets have been extremely stout defensively on their home floor all season long, proven by them allowing a mere 61.1 points per game, and they’ve held opponents to a paltry 35.8% shooting. As a matter of fact, they’ve seen 5 of 6 ACC home games stay under the total, and there was just a combined 127.7 points scored per contest.


Final Analysis and Pick

This will be just the 3rd time this season that college basketball betting odds has displayed Syracuse as a road favorite. They went 0-2 SU&ATS during the previous 2 when cast into that role, and those losses came against Boston College and Pittsburgh. Syracuse’s historically stout 2-3 zone defense has performed erratically during this 2016-2017 campaign, and that’s been especially evident on the road.

With 5 games left in their season, Georgia Tech needs to win at least 4 of those contests for a realistic chance of attaining a NCAA Tournament at-large invitation. Considering they’ve struggled on the road, they can ill afford to lose any of their 3 remaining home games. It’s for that reason I’ll have a small lean toward the home side when making my Sunday college basketball predictions.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Georgia Tech +2.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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