Take Georgia Tech +8 vs. Dayton for NCAA Basketball Pick

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:33 PM GMT

Before deciding on your NCAA Basketball pick today, keep in mind that Georgia Tech will have revenge on its mind when taking on Dayton Tuesday night, which makes it a dangerous road underdog at UD Arena.

Strong Schedule
Georgia Tech is preparing to face its fifth top-100 opponent in terms of RPI this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA Basketball odds, as it has earned victories over Georgia, Northwestern and Rhode Island.

The Yellow Jackets are 6-7 SU in their last 13 true road games dating back to last season, while they’ve won the battle on the boards in nine of 10 contests—out rebounding foes by 10.7 per game.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the team is 2-3 SU and 5-0 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points.

 

Bring It On
Dayton is 26-10 in the last eight years against programs from the Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, Pac-12 and ACC, which is important to consider when making your NCAA Basketball picks, as it has captured two of three such meetings this season.

The Flyers have also put together a dominating 45-12 SU record at home during the Archie Miller era, as they look to capture their 11th consecutive victory in front of their loyal fan base.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS in their last seven opportunities when favored by 3.5 to 6 points.

 

Coming Back
One of the more important story lines to this non-conference matchup is the return of Brian Gregory, who will coach his first game at UD Arena since his eight-year term as the Flyers head coach.

The Yellow Jackets are certainly turning things around in Gregory’s fourth year on the job, as they’ve gone from averaging 60.2 points in his first season, to 67.4 through 10 games this year.

 

Defensive Intensity
With the Flyers ranking 49th in the country in effective field goal percentage, Miller has focused hard on the defensive end, which has paid off in limiting foes to 31.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc and just 43.6 percent from two-point range.

Dayton has proven victorious in eight of nine games when limiting opponents to less than 70 points, while it has won 17 consecutive affairs when holding foes to under the 60-point mark.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yellow Jackets as one of their top ATS basketball selections, as they’ve gone 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games versus lined opponents dating back to last season.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +6 at Bookmaker