When and where: December 14, 2019, Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY, 5:00 PM ET
It’s out of the frying pan and into the fryer for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday when traveling to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. After getting absolutely dismantled in a 97-63 loss to Syracuse, they’ll be tasked with facing the No. 8 team in the country on the road. The Wildcats, on the other hand, have won their last five straight games since their shocking loss to Evansville in mid-November. They are coming off an 83-52 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.
Yellow Jackets get embarrassed at homeThere’s nothing like a good old fashioned ramrodding in front of your home fans.
You can rest assured that Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner had plenty to say to his team after they were trampled by Syracuse 97-63.
Leave it to the football gods to have a road meeting against Kentucky next up on the itinerary.
Syracuse is merely decent offensively, and they still managed to drop 97 points on the Yellow Jackets. Kentucky is averaging a 48.8 field goal shooting percentage at home and 78.9 total points. That should be terrifying for a Georgia Tech defense that has actually played well for most of the season. They are ranked 15th in the league in allowed field goal shooting percentage (36.8).
We’ll learn quickly if what happened against to Syracuse was merely a huge slip-up or if Georgia Tech’s defense doesn’t have it.
The biggest problem for the Yellow Jackets will be on the offensive end of the floor against a Kentucky defense that ranks 12th in the nation. Michael Devoe has to lead the way for Georgia Tech and make the sort of plays that raises the overall confidence of the entire team. Nothing short of a perfect performance would have a shot at leading them to a victory on Saturday.
Wildcats look for sixth straight victoryThe Wildcats have been rolling since their upset loss to Evansville. Granted, they aren’t necessarily facing any elite teams in the country, but they are getting a few wins under their belt to help put that ugly loss in the rearview. Last Saturday’s 83-52 win over FDU was their fifth consecutive victory.
They’ll be looking for a sixth win in Saturday’s match-up against the Yellow Jackets.
It would behoove Kentucky not to underestimate Georgia Tech’s defensive prowess. There’s a good chance that not even the Wildcats will get as hot from the floor as Syracuse did against the Yellow Jackets. But they are certainly capable of doing some serious damage.
Unlike Georgia Tech, Kentucky has a multitude of guys averaging in double scoring figures to contribute on offense in Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans.
The ability to play two-way basketball is a big reason why the Wildcats are so good. Along with being efficient on offense, they also have one of the country’s top-15 defenses. Opposing teams are only averaging 35.6 percent shooting against them so far this season, which is the fourth-best in the country. That’s bad news for Georgia Tech’s struggling defense.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Yellow Jackets are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Wildcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.