The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head to Wake Forest for a meeting with the Demon Deacons. They are currently on the NCAA Tournament bubble, and this game carries some importance for Georgia Tech. If the Yellow Jackets lose, they might need a couple of wins in the ACC Tournament to feel comfortable on Selection Sunday. On a five-game winning streak going into Friday night, you would believe that the Yellow Jackets should be in. However, the Yellow Jackets messed around early in the season and continually took bad shot after bad shot.
Before going on the five-game run, Georgia Tech was a 9-8 team. They are going into this one with an overall record of 14-8 and 10-6 in the ACC. When it comes to college football and bowl selection, recency bias and giving the nod to teams that are hotter as of late is normal. To an extent, that is true on Selection Sunday. Not as severe, there is always one or two teams that are hot that get left out, but you have to believe an ACC team playing well over the last month is going to receive significant consideration.
I would consider Georgia Tech hot if they can finish out the season with a record of 8-1. That would equate to six straight wins to close out the regular season, and two wins in the ACC Tournament. I think even 7-1 would be good enough to get into the NCAA Tournament for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 81-77 win over the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday. Beating Duke isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still a good win for Georgia Tech in a big spot.
Along with that victory over Duke, Georgia Tech also beat Pitt, 71-65, Miami, 87-60, Virginia Tech, 69-53, and Syracuse, 84-77. The win over Virginia has to be the best from that run, but Syracuse has been playing better basketball recently as well, so that win can’t be overlooked either. They take on a Wake Forest team in freefall.
The Demon Deacons just want to get over this season and head into the season. They’re on a six-game losing streak, and haven’t been close in their last five games. A 70-57 loss against Pitt in their most recent outing on Tuesday is the closest they’ve been. Their losses against NC State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech were all by 18 points or more. Head below for our free Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest pick on March 5, 2021.
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Wake Forest goes into the season finale on a six-game losing streak. Their most recent win was against a bad 4-14 Boston College squad on February 10, 69-65. They barely eked out a win in that game. If we want to go back further, their next win was against an equally bad team in Miami, 66-54, on January 30.
The most recent win against a .500 team was on January 23 against Pitt, 76-75. Pitt is 10-10 and 11th in the ACC, so I don’t think that is much of a “good” win for the Deacons. Since January 27, their only wins have been against the two bottom teams in the conference. The Demon Deacons have had to deal with a rash of injuries this season.
They’ve been playing without two guards and two forwards since mid-January, so depth has been a major concern for them. Preventing teams from going on runs has been a problem, and when the bench is depleted, there isn’t much of a solution to stop the bleeding.
They don’t have an offense to counter an offensive surge from opponents. Wake Forest has scored an average of 65.9 points per game for 294th in the NCAA. They don’t get much of a bump at home either, with 68 points scored per game in their own backyard.
The offense has come through in a big way for the Yellow Jackets after a slow start. They’re 75th in the NCAA, with 75.6 points per game, and shooting 47.2% from the field for 45th. In their previous five outings, the Yellow Jackets have netted 78.4 points a game.
The defense has been stepping up during their five-game winning streak as well. They’ve conceded 66.4 points per game, while Wake Forest has scored an abysmal 52.8 points per game in their last five outings. When you look at Wake Forest as a 9-point underdog blindly, it might look attractive initially.
However, when you break everything down, and the lack of effort the Demon Deacons have been playing with, it actually doesn’t look like they’re getting enough points here. That’s not even accounting for this being a big game for Georgia Tech. A loss here would certainly hurt their reputation on Selection Sunday, but a win, could be the clincher. I like the surging Yellow Jackets by 15 points on the road tonight.