Taking Points With Road Underdogs Georgia Tech, Wisconsin Makes Sense

Charles Stark

Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 1:54 PM UTC

Two road teams to check out tonight in college basketball are Georgia Tech (at Louisville) and Wisconsin (at Illinois). Is there value in backing these underdogs with your NCAAB picks?

Thursday College Basketball: Georgia Tech vs. LouisvilleFree NCAAB Pick: Georgia Tech +9Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Georgia Tech has struggled in the ACC the past few weeks, losing five of their last six games. Things don’t get easier for them today and on the college basketball odds board they are a +9 underdog at Louisville. With my NCAA picks I will grab the points because this game could be a bit of a grind. Louisville has struggled as well recently, losing four of five, and although this a good spot for them to pick up a win, I think the Yellow Jackets keep it rather close. Louisville ranks right in the middle of the country in shooting efficiency and is shooting less than 35 percent from distance. They have, however, played good defense and are allowing opponents to shoot just 40 percent, which ranks 16th in the country. Although Georgia Tech is not a very good offensive team, they do get things done defensively as they are allowing opponents shoot just 41.6 percent and currently rank in the top part of NCAA hoops in opponent shooting efficiency. Ultimately I don’t think this will be a very fast-paced affair and I think Georgia Tech’s defense will be able to keep Louisville in check enough to stay within the number.

Thursday College Basketball: Wisconsin vs. IllinoisFree NCAAB Pick: Wisconsin +5.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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In their matchup in late January, Wisconsin absolutely throttled Illinois 75-50. Despite that big win the Badgers are +5.5 underdogs tonight on the NCAAB odds board, and I will back them with my NCAA picks. This has been one of Wisconsin’s worst seasons in recent memory and they have dropped their last five games. Illinois hasn’t been much better, though, losing seven of their last nine, and this could be another tough go. It makes sense for Illinois to be the favorite but Wisconsin matches up with them very well and I think they can actually win this game. On the season neither team is shooting particularly well, with Wisconsin shooting 44.9 percent and Illinois 44.1 percent from the floor overall. On the defensive side of the ball things have not been much better as both teams allow opponents to shoot around 46 percent. Ultimately, with their numbers statistically being this even, I will gladly take the points with a desperate Wisconsin team that hasn’t won since facing the same team at home. Don’t be shocked if the Badgers get a much-needed road win.

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