Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) vs Tennessee Volunteers (2-0)Date : 11/13/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Tennessee Volunteers
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will travel to Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, to battle the Tennessee Volunteers in SEC versus ACC basketball action on Tuesday night at 9 pm EST. The Yellow Jackets claimed an 88-69 home win over the Cardinals of Lamar on Friday night as they outscored the road team 44-22 in the first half while cruising in the second for the blowout victory. The Volunteers went to 2-0 on the season as they beat up on a Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajun Team by an 87-65 score as they won in just about every facet of the game, most importantly, in shooting percentage (54% versus 39%).
These two teams last met on December 3, 2017 as the Volunteers picked up the 77-70 home win as they were in control throughout the contest in allowing under 40% shooting for the Yellow Jackets while shooting 44% for the night en route to the victory.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets's Latest Performance :
The Yellow Jackets scored 44 pints in the first half while cruising to victory in the second versus the Cardinals of Lamar as Brandon Alston scored 17 points while Jose Alvarado chipped in 14 points and 5 assists in the victory. Neither team shot well from the free throw line as they both averaged 55% for the night, however, the difference in the game was the Yellow Jackets shooting 51% on the night along with hitting 12 of 30 three-point attempts compared to only 38% shooting for Lamar.
Also, the Cardinals were only allowed to make five of 16 attempts from three-point range, thus affecting their chances of winning. Nonetheless, the Yellow Jackets pulled out a victory in the end yet will find things much more difficult in this matchup as the Vols are indeed potent on both sides of the ball.
Tennessee Volunteers's Latest Performance :
The Volunteers picked up their second win of the season as they shot 54% from the field versus Louisiana Lafayette on Friday night while also hitting 43% of their three-point attempts for the night. Grant Williams scored 31 points for the Vols while also pulling down ten rebounds for the game. Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden also chipped in 10 points each in the win as the Vols outrebounded the Ragin Cajuns 38-26 for the game. Also, the Vols were solid on the defensive end in allowing just 40% from the field while allowing the Cajuns to hit eight of 25 shots from long range.
Expect for Tennessee to step up their defensive pressure in this matchup as they will be facing a potent Georgia Tech offense that not only scored 88 points in their last outing, but, doing this on 50% shooting on the night.
How Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets & Tennessee Volunteers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Georgia Tech is 1-0 ATS while the OU is 0-1
Tennessee is 1-0 ATS while the OU is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for Tennessee to step up the defensive pressure on the Yellow Jackets early they certainly played stellar defense in their last outing versus Lafayette. On the other hand, the Yellow Jackets will be looking to continue their hot shooting while also performing much better from the free throw line. Again, Georgia Tech performed well versus Lamar, however, will certainly have to be much more focused in this matchup as the competition level will surely be increased.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Tennessee Volunteers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Volunteers at home in this matchup as they are certainly playing much better on both sides of the ball. And while the Yellow Jackets should be given much credit for pulling out a victory in their opener, they will meet up with a team in Tennessee that has started the season on an outstanding note and will be looking to maintain their current level of play. Beginning on defense, the Vols will take control of this game over time, thus allowing the home team to maintain their current, consistent play while picking up a win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Of course, both teams will enter this game playing solid defense; However, expect for the over to be the play in this game as I envision the Vols having a solid night on offense versus a Yellow Jackets team that is lackluster on the defensive end. With that being the case, the over will indeed be the strong play as the Vols will look to make a statement at home against much better competition in the Yellow Jackets.
Betting trends for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets:
- The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games
- The Over is 5-1 in yellow Jackets last six games
Betting trends for Tennessee Volunteers:
- The Volunteers are 4-2 ATS in their last six home games
- The Volunteers are 6-4 ATS in their last ten games
- The Under is 10-6 in Volunteers last 16 games