To close out the regular season, the Pittsburgh Panthers (15-15, 6-13 ACC) will travel to McCamish Pavilion and clash with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (15-14, 9-9 ACC). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 130 points with Georgia Tech set as a 6.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Pittsburgh Panthers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Preview
The Panthers lost to the North Carolina State Wolfpack in their last outing, 77-73, but were able to cover as 8.5-point underdogs. With 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting, Au’Diese Toney was the top scorer from either team. North Carolina State did a great job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (20-27; 74.1 percent). Pittsburgh, meanwhile, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.527 (above their season average of 0.449). The two teams combined to score 150 points, which was over the O/U total of 136.
In the Yellow Jackets’ previous game, they covered the 5.5-point spread against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 63-57. Georgia Tech was lifted by James Banks III, who contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds. Georgia Tech played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 46.2 (above their season average of 28.6) and a free throw rate of 0.217 (below their season average of 0.226). Miami (FL) put up marks of 28.6 and 0.183, respectively, for those same stats. Combined, the two clubs scored 120 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 142.5.
Georgia Tech could have their way on the defensive side of the ball as they face off against one of the country’s worst offenses. The Yellow Jackets currently rank 18th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.450), while Pittsburgh is 344th in effective field goal percentage (0.452).
Of Pittsburgh’s 30 games, 15 have finished over the projected point total, while 17 of Georgia Tech’s 28 games have finished under the O/U total. Both teams have decent straight up (SU) records (15-15 for Pittsburgh; 15-14 for Georgia Tech), but the Yellow Jackets have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Georgia Tech is 17-11 ATS, while the Panthers are 13-16-1.
These two squads have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined for 137 points, which was over the projected point total of 130. The Panthers won 73-64, covering as 2-point favorites. The Panthers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.3 and an absurd free throw rate of 0.345. For those same stats, the Yellow Jackets had marks of 28.4 and 0.204, respectively. In the victory, Justin Champagnie led all scorers with 30 points.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Prediction
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Georgia Tech, ATS Winner – Pittsburgh, O/U – Over
The Yellow Jackets rank 109th in assists per game (13.6) while the Panthers rank 203rd in assists allowed per game (13.7).
Georgia Tech averages 36.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 121st in the country. Pittsburgh ranks 206th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
Georgia Tech is 8-6 ATS at home, while Pittsburgh is 6-6 ATS on the road.
The Panthers have 7 overs and 5 unders in 12 road games.
The Yellow Jackets have 10 unders and 4 overs in 14 home games.
Pittsburgh ranks 29th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Georgia Tech ranks 212th (7.7).
The Yellow Jackets rank 49th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while the Panthers rank 189th (22.5).
Georgia Tech averages 4.4 blocks per game, which ranks 38th in the country. Pittsburgh ranks 171st in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
Georgia Tech is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Yellow Jackets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, up from 1.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 60.4 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (6.4 above their season average).