Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-6 SU, 5-7-0 ATS, 5-7-0 OU) vs NC State Wolfpack (12-5 SU, 7-7-0 ATS, 9-5-0 OU)
When: 6:30 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2017
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Lines: NC State -9
College basketball action within the ACC this evening and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will invade PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina to rumble with the NC State Wolfpack. The Yellow Jackets enter off a 75-63 home win over Clemson and they are 2-2 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack are off a 74-66 loss at Boston College and are now just 1-3 in league play.
Lammers Leads Jackets Over Tigers
Georgia Tech is 2-2 in the ACC, but it has been a very weird start for them. They began with a huge home win of the Tar Heels as 17 point dogs and they they lost by 53 at Duke, before losing at home by 15 to Louisville and in their last game they topped Clemson at home by 12. Very inconsistent play and it makes it hard to handicap this team as you never know what you will get from them. In the win over Clemson their defense really stepped up as they allowed just 36.7% shooting overall and just 29.2% from long range. The Jackets offense had a good game as well as they hit 46.6% of their shots overall vs a very tough defense. Leading the attack was Ben Lammers, who had 23 points and 10 boards in the win, while Quinton Stephens had 16 points and Josh Okogie had 13 points. On the year, they have been led by Lammers, who is averaging 15.4 ppg, while 2nd is Okogie at 14.0 ppg and 3rd is Tadric Jackson at 10.8 ppg.
Georgia Tech has averaged 64.2 ppg and they have allowed 75.1 ppg in conference play this year, while on the road for the year they have averaged 62.8 ppg and have allowed 82.8 ppg. The Yellow Jackets check in at 297th in the nation in scoring, putting up 67.1 ppg, while also ranking 273rd in FG% (42.4%), 272nd in 3-point shooting (32.4%) and 197th in free throw shooting (68.8%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been solid as they come in ranked 84th in points allowed, giving up just 67.6 ppg, while also ranking 41st in defensive FG% (39.6%) and 154th in 3-point defense (34.0%).
Wolfpack Tumble In Chestnut Hill
The NC State Wolfpack started their year at 11-2, but they have now gone just 1-3 in league play. Their lost two losses were a 51 point loss at North Carolina and an eight point loss at Boston College. They have gone 0-4 in true road game this year, but here at home they are a perfect 10-0 on the year so far. The Wolfpack haven’t had many issues on offense this year, but they did so in the loss to Boston College as they hit just 44.45 of their shots overall and just 29.4% of their shots from distance. Turnovers were a bit of problem for them as they had 17 in the game. Leading the attack for the Wolfpack was Dennis Smith Jr., who had 15 points, while Terry Henderson was 2nd with 14. No one else was in double-figures for the team. On the year, the Wolfpack have five players that average in double-figures and they have been led by Smith Jr., who has put up 18.8 ppg, while 2nd is Henderson at 15.4 ppg and 3rd is Torin Dorn at 12.9 ppg.
The Wolfpack have averaged 87.8 ppg and have allowed 69.3 ppg here at home for the year, while in league play they have averaged 72.2 ppg and have allowed 85.5 ppg. NC State enters this contest ranked 36th in the nation in scoring, putting up 81.7 ppg, while also ranking 25th in FG% (48.7%), 87th in 3-point shooting (37.5%) and 133rd in free throw shooting (71.0%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been poor as they come in ranked 265th in points allowed, giving up 75.9 ppg, while also ranking 116th in defensive FG% (41.8%) and 59th in 3-point defense (31.6%).
Georgia Tech is:
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up win
- 6-14-2 ATS in the last 22 meetings
NC State is:
- 22-8-2 ATS in their last 32 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 22-9-2 ATS in their last 33 games following a straight up loss
The Yellow Jackets are a really hard team to handicap right now, but what isn’t hard is how well the Wolfpack have played at home so far. NC State is 10-0 at home this year and they have outscored their opponents by 18.5 ppg in those games. Their lone conference win was in this floor and they beat a very good Virginia Tech squad by 26 points in that game. The Wolfpack have averaged 87.8 ppg here at home, while the Yellow Jackets have put up just 62.8 ppg on the road. This one should be all Wolfpack as they win by at least 15 points.