The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets try to extend their four-game winning streak when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC, on Wednesday.
The 13th-seeded Yellow Jackets advanced with a mini-upset of Florida State in Tuesday’s first round of the tournament.
Pittsburgh is looking to snap a two-game losing streak that left it in a tie for third place in the ACC college basketball standings with Duke and Clemson but dropped it to the fifth seed in the tournament due to tiebreakers.
This should be one of the better NCAA basketball games today, so let’s take a closer look at this contest and determine our best Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Pittsburgh Panthers prediction.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
The NCAAB odds for this game are not surprisingly favoring the fifth-seeded Panthers, who are giving seven points on a point-spread bet. You can get -110 odds on either side of that bet.
If you prefer your college basketball picks on the moneyline, you can get the favorite Pittsburgh at -310, while Georgia Tech is listed at +256 for a straight-up win.
The college basketball odds today also include an over/under of 139 points for this game, with -110 odds for either side of that wager.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Information
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Location of the Game: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 2:30 PM ET
How to Watch: ESPN | https://livestreamsports.co/
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Analysis
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Performance Recap and Analysis
The Yellow Jackets are playing as well as they have all season of late, though the NCAAB schedule helped, as their four-game winning streak has all come against teams in the bottom half of the ACC standings. For Georgia Tech to advance any further, it is going to have to succeed against some of the higher-seeded teams in the conference.
Senior forward Javon Franklin provided the winning point in Tuesday’s win over Florida State, hitting a free throw with 0.3 seconds to go to break a tie. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.3 steals this season, and he’ll need to be a presence on both ends for the Yellow Jackets in this one.
Sophomore guard Miles Kelly also had a big game on Tuesday, finishing with a team-high 21 points. Kelly has been one of the Yellow Jackets’ top college basketball players this season, leading the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game, and he’s been hot of late, averaging 24.0 points over the last three contests.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Key Injuries
There aren’t any new entries to the college basketball injury report for the Yellow Jackets, though they’re still without junior guard Deivon Smith (8.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists), who hasn’t played since mid-February due to an ankle injury.
Georgia Tech has also been playing without senior center Rodney Howard (4.5 points, 4.3 rebounds) since February as he’s dealing with an undisclosed injury.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Trends to Know
- Georgia Tech is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games against an opponent with a winning record.
- The Yellow Jackets are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven neutral-site games.
- The over is 5-1 in Georgia Tech’s last six contests.
Pittsburgh Panthers Performance Recap and Analysis
The Pittsburgh Panthers are trying to put together a couple of wins to ensure they’ll be one of the March Madness picks when the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Sunday.
Pittsburgh is one of the NCAA basketball teams that is considered on the bubble, so it needs as many wins as it can get to secure its spot in the Field of 68.
Junior forward Blake Hinson will be a big part of that push, as he leads the Panthers in scoring (16.1 points) and rebounding (6.3 per game). After a four-point outing against Virginia Tech on February 18, Hinson has been hot over the last four games on the team’s NCAAB schedule, averaging 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
Senior guard Jamarius Burton is also a key cog to Pittsburgh’s attack, averaging 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.3 points per game. Burton had a near-triple-double against Syracuse on February 25 (14 points, ten rebounds, eight assists) and can contribute in many different ways for the Panthers.
Pittsburgh Panthers Key Injuries
There are no injuries to the Panthers’ main rotation of players that should affect your Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Pittsburgh Panthers prediction.
Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends to Know
- Pittsburgh is 20-6 against the spread in its last 26 games.
- The Panthers are 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral-site games.
- The over is 8-2 in Pittsburgh’s last ten games at a neutral site.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Picks
If you’re going to make any Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Pittsburgh Panthers prediction, it should be that Pittsburgh is going to win, which makes this the best bet to make. The Panthers need wins to ensure a spot in the NCAA field, so they’ll come out firing in this one.
If your NCAAB picks need to include the point spread, the seven points Pittsburgh is giving in this one shouldn’t be a problem. The Panthers won both regular-season meetings between these clubs by eight points or more.
The over is a good way to go with this one. Both teams will be aggressive in trying to score, and tournament games can get very fast-paced and high-scoring.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Score Predictions
- ACC Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers 82, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 71