The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils in a mid-week college basketball tilt. The game will tip off Wednesday at 7 PM ET on ESPN 2.
Georgia Tech is coming off of a heartbreaking 1 point OT loss that came off of a 3 pointer at the buzzer against NC State. While fourth ranked Duke used a late rally to take down second ranked Virginia. That win gave Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski 422 ACC wins in his career (regular season and conference tournament), tying Dean Smith for the most in ACC history.
Analyzing The Georgia Tech vs. Duke Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Live Streaming Info
Matchup: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Vs No. 4 Duke Blue Devils
Date: Feb 4, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV Info: ESPN 2
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Georgia Vs Duke
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Georgia Tech Will Cover the Spread If
Their interior defense shuts down Duke’s drives and Jahlil Okafor.
Georgia Tech is not a good shooting team. The Yellow Jackets only shoot 41.3% from the field and 25.7% from behind the arc. If Georgia Tech has any hopes of doing enough to cover the spread against the mighty Blue Devils on the road, they’re going to have to step up their interior defense by shutting down drives and stopping Jahlil Okafor from getting the ball on the blocks.
It makes more sense to force Duke into taking three-point shots. Duke will hit many of them, but at least Okafor won’t be dominating in the paint and Duke’s guards won’t be setting up three-point plays with layups. One other thing to note is that G.Tech shoots 43% from the field against the Yellow Jackets and only 31% from behind the three-point line. Force the three.
Duke Will Cover the Spread If
Tyus Jones, Quinn Cook and Justise Winslow get involved.
Because Jahlil Okafor is the best player in college basketball, the Dookies tend to want to get him going early. Hey, that’s not a bad idea since Okafor averages 18.3 points and 9 boards a game. There are very few players at this level that can stick with Okafor.
But, the Blue Devils best performance of the year was this past Saturday when they beat Virginia 69 to 63 on the road as a +5.5 dog. Check out the performance lines for Jones, Cook and Winslow:
- Tyus Jones – 17 points, 4 assist, 4 boards
- Quinn Cook – 15 points, 1 assist, 3 boards
- Justise Winslow – 15 points, 2 assists, 11 boards
When the other Duke players are involved, scoring points, dishing assists and grabbing boards, the Blue Devils are going to cover spreads.