ACC foes will clash when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-11, 2-8 ACC) go head-to-head against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-12, 3-7 ACC) at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
In the Yellow Jackets’ last contest, they lost big to the Clemson Tigers, 65-42. Georgia Tech’s James Banks III had a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting. Clemson had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.9 (above their season average of 27.9). Georgia Tech, on the other hand, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (12-16; 75.0 percent).
The Fighting Irish are trying to rebound after their 62-47 loss to the Miami (FL) Hurricanes in their last game. With 11 points and six rebounds, Notre Dame’s John Mooney had a good performance. Miami (FL) coerced the Fighting Irish into a TO percentage of 19.2 (above their season average of 12.1). Notre Dame, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (7-7; 100.0 percent).
The offense of Notre Dame will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Georgia Tech. The Fighting Irish rank 132nd in offensive efficiency, while the Yellow Jackets are 16th in defensive efficiency. The Yellow Jackets should have the edge on that end of the court.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Yellow Jackets won 63-61. Georgia Tech’s effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets had a rate of 0.510 while the Fighting Irish posted a mark of 0.377. Mooney had a double-double in the defeat, with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Prediction: SU Winner – Notre Dame, ATS Winner – Georgia Tech, O/U – Over
The Fighting Irish rank 10th in blocks per game (5.2) while the Yellow Jackets rank 75th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
Notre Dame ranks 34th in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while Georgia Tech ranks 279th (17.1).
The Fighting Irish rank 30th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Yellow Jackets rank 181st (7.3).
Georgia Tech ranks 162nd in rebounds allowed per game (35.2) while Notre Dame ranks 267th (38.7).
The Fighting Irish have been outscored by an average of 12.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Notre Dame has defeated opponents by an average of 1.8 points.
During their last five games, the Yellow Jackets have scored an average of 52.2 points per game (13.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.6 points per game (1.6 above their season average).