#6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19-15; 18-11 ATS; 10-18 O/U) vs. #5 Mississippi Rebels (22-13; 21-13-1 ATS;20-14 O/U)
NIT Tournament Semifinals: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 9:00pm EST
Line: Mississippi -5.5
The Mississippi Rebels will host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Semifinals of the NIT Tournament Tuesday night from the Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Yellow Jackets defeated Indiana and Belmont to reach the quarterfinals, and the Rebels beat Monmouth followed by a victory over Syracuse to pave their path to the quarterfinal round.
Yellow Jackets Defense Silences Belmont in 2nd Round Win
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets played stifling defense in their convincing 71-57 home win over Belmont in the Second Round. The Yellow Jackets shot 46% from the field and held Monmouth to only 33% shooting. Quinton Stephens continued his strong play with a huge 23 point effort on a 10 for 17 clip from the field. The senior forward has reached at least 16 points in three straight games, and is now up to 10.5 points along with 7.7 rebounds per game. Ben Lammers collected the double-double, sinking 14 points along with ten rebounds. The junior center has slowed down a bit as of late but overall he is a force down low, averaging 14.2 points along with 9.4 rebounds per game. Georgia Tech has taken down some elite opponents this season, collecting wins over North Carolina, Florida State, and Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets are looking very tough to beat right now, defeating Indiana 75-63 in the First Round as their defense is making it tough for the opposition to get into a rhythm. Georgia Tech is currently placed 79th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
The Yellow Jackets are scoring an average of 67.4 points per game, ranking them 299th overall, and are shooting 43.8% as a team. The Yellow Jackets play outstanding defense, allowing an average of 66.4 points per game, ranking them 47th in the Country.
Rebels Record Upset Road Win Over Syracuse
The Ole Miss Rebels scored 49 points in the second half in their 85-80 road win over Syracuse in the 2nd Round of the NIT Tournament. The Rebels shot 46.8% on the night and held the Orange to 44% shooting. Terence Davis was spectacular, sinking 30 points on 11 for 14 shooting and added seven rebounds. The sophomore guard has scored 19 or more points in three out of his last four games, and is now averaging 14.9 points per game. Rebels leading scorer Deandre Burnett also made his presence felt, going 7 for 11 from the field for a total of 19 points. The junior guard has been very consistent, reaching 16 or more points in four consecutive games, and is now up to 16.8 points per game. The Rebels have now won four out of their last five games overall which included a 91-83 win over Monmouth in the First Round as their potent offense has been at it’s best. Ole Miss is currently ranked 70th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Ole Miss is strong offensively, averaging 78.3 points per game, ranking them 60th in the Country, and are shooting 42.4% from the field. The Rebels will give up points, allowing an average of 76.4 points per game, placing them down at 275th overall.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
The Ole Miss Rebels are:
- No Key Trends
I am definitely taking the points with Georgia Tech in this one. The Yellow Jackets have looked outstanding defensively in their two NIT wins so I think they have a good chance in this one. Georgia Tech held Indiana to 37.9% shooting in the first win and Belmont to 33% shooting in the second win. Ole Miss is productive offensively, however they are shooting a weak 42.4% from the field, so I can’t see them having a whole lot of success against a Rebels defense that is holding opponents to 39.5% shooting. Also, Georgia Tech has been efficient from the field in their two NIT wins and Ole Miss does not play strong defense, allowing 83 and 80 points respectively in their two Tournament wins, so I am very confident siding with Georgia Tech.