The Virginia Cavaliers (11-5, 3-3 ACC) visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-9, 3-4) Saturday at McCamish Pavilion for an 8 p.m. ET tip-off. We analyze the Virginia-Georgia Tech odds and betting lines, with college basketball betting advice and tips around this matchup.
Virginia at Georgia Tech: Three things you need to know
1. The defending champion Cavaliers have lost three in a row and have fallen out of the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. They recently lost at No. 9 Florida State 54-50 Wednesday, shooting 21 of 46 (45.7%) from the floor, hitting just three 3-pointers, and turning the ball over 18 times.
2. The Yellow Jackets have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games, recently losing at home to Notre Dame 78-74 Wednesday. Sophomore G Michael Devoe, who leads the team with 16.5 points per game, scored 22 points and had 9 rebounds in the loss.
3. The Cavaliers have won the last five meetings in the series, going 3-2 ATS. They were favored in all five contests – four by double-digits. Virginia won 64-48 on its last trip to Atlanta as a 7-point favorite Jan. 18, 2018,
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Virginia at Georgia Tech: Odds, betting lines and picks
Virginia 59, Georgia Tech 52
VIRGINIA (-110) is the STRONGEST PLAY. Sure, the Cavs have lost three in a row, but they had a legitimate shot to win each game. The Yellow Jackets are 0-3 at home in ACC play and their talent just isn’t on the same level.
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Against the Spread (ATS)
The game is currently a PICK (Pk), which is the same as the ML above where each team is -110 to win outright. If the line moves to where the Cavs are favored and laying points, that becomes my STRONGEST PLAY and I’d pass on the ML. If the line moves in favor of Georgia Tech, stick with the Cavs ML and maybe get +100 odds or better on your risk. However, I don’t see the line moving Ga. Tech’s way.
AVOID. The Cavaliers have the No. 1 defense in the country, leading the NCAA at 49.0 points allowed per game. It’s why their O/U’s are always low. This O/U checks in at 111.5 and the Under (-115) is still favored vs. the Over (+106). I do enjoy winning on “Virginia Unders,” as it’s so rewarding when you see a halftime score Under 45, but this 111.5 total is just too short.
Johnny’s January record: 12-9-1. Since Dec. 1: 34-19-2.
January strongest plays: 8-3. Since Dec. 1: 19-6.
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