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Clemson vs Georgia Tech Betting Odds – Size edge carries Yellow Jackets to win over Tigers

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/18/2010 2:08:46 PM

NCAA Basketball Odds: Pick Georgia Tech

Online betting players have been waiting for someone to step up and challenge North Carolina and Duke in the ACC. Two possible teams that have beaten the Tar Heels recently will clash on Tuesday as Clemson and Georgia Tech will do battle, and the Yellow Jackets will use size to their advantage at home for a crucial victory.

WHAT: NCAA basketball betting
WHEN:Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 PM ET
WHERE:Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, GA
KEY STAT:Clemson has lost seven of their last 10 at Georgia Tech


The Storyline - Clemson vs Georgia Tech Betting Odds
The No.24 Tigers (15-3, 3-1) have won three in a row, including victories over North Carolina and North Carolina State, but they’d love nothing more than to get past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, where they’ve fallen in the past two years. The No.20 Yellow Jackets won at North Carolina for the first time since 1996, and they’re looking for their first trip to the Big Dance since 2007.

Offensive Matchups - Clemson vs Georgia Tech Betting Odds
The Tigers are efficient, shooting 48.1% from the field while coming in 41st in points scored. Trevor Booker is the leader of the team and is a dependable threat in the post, and the guard duo of Tanner Smith and Demontez Stitt keeps the opposition honest. If there is an Achilles Heel for the Tigers, it’s at the free-throw line, where they’re only hitting 65% of their attempts.

The Yellow Jackets are 63rd in the country in scoring, powered by the post duo of Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors. Iman Shumpert dropped a career-high 30 points in the North Carolina win, and if Georgia Tech could continue to get outside scoring from the sophomore guard, their post players will be more effective. 

Betting Edge: Clemson


Defensive Matchups - Clemson vs Georgia Tech Betting Odds
The Tigers need to be more consistent on defense to boost their Sportsbook odds, as they’re 103rd in opposition field-goal defense. Clemson ranks fifth in the country in steals, but they tend to lose their concentration, and it’s almost cost them a couple of big leads, including against North Carolina State.

Georgia Tech is seventh in the nation in opposition field-goal defense, and 18th in three-point shooting defense. Having Favors and Lawal down low is a huge aid to Shumpert, who is averaging 2.1 steals and can afford to gamble with the big guys behind him.

Betting Edge: Georgia Tech


Coaching Matchup - Clemson vs Georgia Tech Betting Odds
Oliver Pernell is trying to improve on Clemson’s last two NCAA Tournament appearances, which ended in first-round exits, but he has to get his team more focused when they get a lead. Clemson has too much experience to give up leads like they do.

Paul Hewitt is under pressure to get the Yellow Jackets back to the Tournament after a two-year absence, and this year there should no excuses. Their offense is questionable, but they’re good enough defensively to sneak into the Big Dance.

Betting Edge: Draw


Betting Prediction - Clemson vs Georgia Tech Betting Odds
Clemson has won six of their last 10 against the Yellow Jackets, who won last year’s meeting in the ACC Tournament against the Tigers. The Yellow Jackets should be favored at home, where they are 8-1, and even though Clemson is 4-1 on the road, it’s possible they could struggle at Georgia Tech, where they are 3-7 in their last 10 trips. This game should be played mostly inside as neither team is great from distance, and Booker and the Tigers may have troubles with Georgia Tech’s size advantage.

WASHINGTON’S PICK: Georgia Tech

BetOnline’s The Betting Edge has you covered for the best sports betting picks in the industry when it comes to college hoops. For more on the Clemson vs Georgia Tech matchup, please visit our stats section.

 

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