It will be a battle between two stifling defenses when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7, 0-1 ACC), 6-point underdogs, challenge the 15th-ranked Miami Hurricanes (10-0, 1-0 ACC) at McCamish Pavilion. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 127 points and action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Yellow Jackets were beaten by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 68-59, while the Hurricanes defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers, 67-53.
Miami played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 32.1 (above their season average of 29.9) and a turnover percentage of 20.3 (worse than their season average of 14.5). For those same stats, Pittsburgh put up marks of 15.4 and 26.5, respectively. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 9.3 (better than their season average of 17.4). Ben Lammers played a key role for Georgia Tech with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Lawrence, Jr. had a good game for Miami, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds.
Georgia Tech might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they battle against one of the nation’s best defenses. Miami ranks first in defensive efficiency, while the Yellow Jackets rank 260th in offensive efficiency.
Vegas has a tendency to set the total high when the Hurricanes are involved, as 75.0 percent of their games have finished under the projected point total. Miami heads into the contest with records of 10-0 straight up (SU) and 5-2-1 against the spread (ATS).
Yellow Jackets games also have a tendency to finish under the projected point total (55.6 percent). Further, Georgia Tech owns records of 6-7 SU and 4-5 ATS.
Josh Okogie has been excellent recently for Georgia Tech, averaging 18.5 points and 1.8 steals over the last five games.
The Hurricanes won the only contest between these two teams last year, 70-61. Miami was successful at getting and making free throws. The Hurricanes made 22 of their 27 free throws (81.5 percent), while the Yellow Jackets were just 2-3 (66.7 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ATS Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Miami, ATS Winner – Miami, O/U – Under
Miami ranks 29th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while Georgia Tech ranks 159th (14.2).
The Hurricanes average 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. The Yellow Jackets rank 78th in steals allowed per game (6.0).
The Hurricanes rank 182nd in three pointers attempted per game (20.9) while the Yellow Jackets rank 268th (15.2).
Miami ranks 30th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Georgia Tech ranks 83rd (3.3).
Georgia Tech is 2-3 ATS at home, while Miami is 5-2-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 6 of the Hurricanes’ 8 road games, while 3 of the Yellow Jackets’ 5 home games have gone over.
The Yellow Jackets are 2-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Hurricanes are 3-2.
In their last five games, Georgia Tech has 3 overs and 1 under, while Miami has 4 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Yellow Jackets have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (4.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (4.7 above their season average).
The Hurricanes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.8, down from 20.7 for the season.