The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team will be looking for a huge upset on Wednesday at McCamish Pavillion when they take on the No.5 Louisville Cardinals.
After coming of short in their first matchup of the season against the Louisville Cardinals, Josh Pastner’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look for an upset win and revenge on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals, ranked fifth in the country by the Associated Press comes to Atlanta as winners of 10-straight and haven’t lost since the beginning of January when they fell to Florida State 78-65. This past Saturday, they took down the Virginia Cavaliers 80-73, having their way offensively with one of the best defensive teams in the country. The Cardinals are 21-3 this season and 12-1 in conference play.
The Jackets, however, fell to Pittsburgh on Saturday 73-64 in a game where they shot well but struggled with turnovers and personal fouls. Overall, the Jackets enter Wednesday 11-13 overall and 5-8 in conference play.
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When they met before…
Georgia Tech gave Louisville all they can handle in reality and had a tremendous chance at one of the bigger upsets in college basketball this season but came out on the losing end 68-64. Michael Devoe was tremendous in that game, leading all scorers with 21-points but all of Tech’s starters really played well that evening with four scorers in double-digits. However, they got zero points out of their bench despite a combined 23 minutes of play.
Watch out for…
Junior forward Jordan Nwora. Nwora, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward out of Buffalo, New York. Nwora, is the Cardinals leading scorer with 19.5 points points per game this season while averaging about the same in conference play with 19.0 points per game. He has an offensive rating this season of 118.9 and is shooting lights out for the most part with a field goal percentage of 46.3% including a three-point percentage of 44.1%. The Jackets did a decent job of shutting him down last time out, keeping him to 10-points but if he gets going on Wednesday, the Jackets will have an even higher hill to climb.
Odds and Numbers:
It’s safe to say that the Yellow Jackets are considerable underdogs on Wednesday night. ESPN’s FPI gives the Jackets a mere 21.9% chance to win while ActionNetwork has the Jackets as +6.5-point underdogs.
While we wouldn’t be shocked if Georgia Tech gave Louisville another close game on Wednesday, Louisville is playing some of its’ best basketball of the season of late, especially offensively. The Jackets offense has been playing well recently but with inconsistency an issue at times with the Yellow Jackets, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the Jackets had one of their off nights offensively. with that, we think The Yellow Jackets gives Louisville a tough challenge in the first half but the Cardinals will begin to pull away early in the second before putting it out of reach in the final five minutes. Louisville 83 – Georgia Tech 67
The Yellow Jackets and Cardinals will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night at McCamish Pavillion.