College Basketball Betting Preview: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Duke Blue Devils

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
(16-5, 11-4 ATS)

Duke Blue Devils
(17-4, 13-7 ATS)

For the second time this season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Duke Blue Devils will engage in a college basketball betting affair. In the first meeting, the Jackets stung the Dookies 71-67 as seven-point NCAA basketball wagering underdogs. That game was played in Atlanta, though. Now, the Techsters will have to take their show to Tobacco Road, where the Blue Devils have won 14 straight games. This isn’t the first seemingly impossible road test for HC Paul Hewitt’s club this year. They’ve already got a win at North Carolina this year, and they’ve already take on the likes of Florida State (twice), Clemson, and Wake Forest in conference play. The Blue Devils are a solid 8-4 SU and 8-4 ATS against the 12 teams that they’ve faced that are likely going to the NCAA Tournament heading into Thursday’s showdown with G-Tech.

Solid defense is going to be Georgia Tech’s key to victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Opposing teams have only shot 36.6% from the floor against them on the season, the fourth best mark in the country. The more important stat is that the Jackets are only conceding 29.3% from beyond the arc, a number that must hold true to stop Duke’s potent long-range attack. However, just as important is their ability to make offensive possessions count and avoid costly and useless turnovers. Georgia Tech is turning the ball over 16.2 times per game, and another big number like that against the Dookies will almost certainly lead to disaster.

Duke couldn’t put any defensive pressure on the Hoyas on Saturday in Washington DC, and the end result was G’Town shooting a whopping 71.7% from the floor in its 89-77 win. Still, it’s amazing that the Blue Devils were able to stay in that game in spite of the fact that they shot just 37.1% from the field. The key was offensive rebounding, as that was a stat in which they won by a 12-1 margin. Though the Dookies aren’t typically known for their superb rebounding abilities, they are averaging outrebounding their foes by 7.1 boards per game on the season and will need another solid effort to deal with the bigs inside for G-Tech.

This Duke team has every reason to be angry in this one. Not only is it coming off of that embarrassing defeat at the Verizon Center, but it also must want to avenge that bad loss in Atlanta. In the Blue Devils’ four ACC games played at home, they’ve averaged winning by 18.8 points per game, and only one foe (Florida State) has stuck within 20. Expect another big showing from the hosts on Thursday night.

Selection: Duke Blue Devils

The favorite is 15-5 ATS in the L/20 NCAA basketball gambling duels between these ACC foes. That’s good news for the Blue Devils, which you can find lined at -12.5 right now at Diamond Sportsbook!

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