Miami-Fl. has another potentially tricky tilt on their hands on Super Bowl Sunday. The Hurricanes are at Georgia Tech and for college basketball picks make sure to tread lightly on this ACC encounter.
Just eight days ago of a big win over Duke, Miami went to Raleigh and stumbled at N.C. State, upset decisively 85-69 as five-point favorites. The Hurricanes played with more purpose on Wednesday in beating Notre Dame 79-70 in a game in which they held a 15-point lead most of the way. At 6-3 (4-5 ATS) in conference play and has a more important matchup with Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Miami cannot afford another mediocre performance against a Georgia Tech club this is 2-7 but 6-2-1 ATS in the ACC.
This contest is on ESPNU at 1:00 Eastern and is mind-bending for NCAA basketball picks.
Coach Jim Larranaga has sat in the lead seat for 32 years and will be reminding his squad about being focused after the N.C. State debacle. This is where he will being counting on guard Sheldon McClellan (16.1 PPG) to show leadership. The senior is on multiple awards list and is a dead-eye shooter, posting big man numbers for accuracy at 61.2 percent inside the arc. His running mate is Angel Rodriguez (11.7), who is prone to more ups and downs scoring-wise, but is skilled in finding the open man for assists.
The game-changer is sophomore guard Ja’Quan Newton, who Dick Vitale has been lauding as the country’s best sixth-man and he is the Canes second-leading scorer and assist man at 11.9 and 2.7 in just 23 minutes a game. When these three are on the court at the same time, they are a matchup nightmare.
Same Old Story for Georgia Tech
For Georgia Tech (12-10, 12-7-1 ATS) it continues to be more of the same, close but no cigar. Despite a good spread record and team anyone would want to consider for NCAA basketball picks, the Yellow Jackets are 2-5 SU in game decided by four or less points. This has going on for six to seven seasons, where Georgia Tech is right there to snatch a victory but continually fails to accomplish it. Coach Brian Gregory is starting to feel the heat with only 21 ACC wins in his four-plus campaigns in Atlanta.
Senior guard Marcus Georges-Hunt (15.6 PPG) leads a contingent of four double digit scorers, with forward Charles Mitchell a double-double guy, averaging 10.9 points and 10.5 contests a game.