The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in Atlanta on Saturday night for a bout with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Notre Dame is looking to keep their hot touch continue in this one against Georgia Tech. They’re fresh off a couple of wins against Pitt, 84-58, and Wake Forest, 79-58. It’s a good step in the right direction for a Notre Dame team that has to get red-hot down the stretch to get into the NCAA Tournament. They can win the ACC and receive an auto-bid, but it’s highly unlikely in this conference. The ACC is ultra competitive, with the Fighting Irish just 4-6 in the conference.
Overall, they enter Atlanta with a record of 7-9, which looks a lot better than the 5-9 they were not that long ago. Prior to those two wins, the Fighting Irish won just two of seven games. The offense has heated up over the last two outings, and if Georgia Tech doesn’t watch themselves, they’re going to fall into a trap against a 7-9 team at home on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish can be better than what their record indicates, but they were unable to get out of that funk and it killed their record. If Notre Dame plays like they did against Pitt and Wake Forest, they can easily win in Atlanta tonight.
Georgia Tech has been a sneaky good team in the ACC. This could be a team that gets hot at the right time and pulls off a couple of upsets in March. They will have to finish strong to get into the tournament, though. At 8-6, the Yellow Jackets look like a bubble team that will need to get going very soon. They’re coming off a 74-58 loss against the Louisville Cardinals, and did not look like a team that belongs in the NCAA tournament in that outing. However, Georgia Tech is one of those teams that plays much differently depending on where they are. Their effort on the road has been sloppy, but a different team in Atlanta at McCamish Pavilion. Head below for our free Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech pick on February 6, 2021.
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Georgia Tech are fully capable of scoring the ball led by Jose Alvarado, when they care that is. Alvarado has been a do-it-all guard for the Yellow Jackets, as he leads the team in points, 17.5 per game, assists, 4.4 per game, and 2.9 steals per game. Alvarado and Moses Wright provides the Yellow Jackets with a nice 1-2 punch. Wright has been the most productive forward for Georgia Tech, as he’s scored 16.9 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Wright did all he could against Louisville.
He hauled in a whopping 16 rebounds and 15 points for an easy double-double. There wasn’t much help from the rest of his team, though. The offense is scoring an average of 76.3 points per game. They are one of the better teams at scoring the ball in the nation in 78th. Their effort at home has been considerably more efficient as well. Note that the Yellow Jackets are averaging over 80 points per game in Atlanta with 82.7 points per game. When they’re the betting favorite, Georgia Tech has netted 85 points per contest.
Georgia Tech has been able to score on Notre Dame in recent meetings. In their last three games, they’ve recorded at least 70 points, though the Fighting Irish out-scored the Yellow Jackets in all of those games. Notre Dame is on a four-game winning streak over Georgia Tech. In their last three meetings, the Fighting Irish have wins of 78-71, 78-74, and 80-72. The offensive stroke has been working for Notre Dame recently. They’ve been shooting well with 163 points scored against Pitt and Wake Forest. Note that The Fighting Irish are the only team to score nearly 70 points on Virginia in the ACC. They notched 68 in a 80-68 loss on January 13.
The Yellow Jackets have been a touch below average defensively. They’re 217th in the NCAA with 71.6 points conceded per game. Georgia Tech hasn’t been any better at home either. Some teams get a home bump, but not the Yellow Jackets, at least defensively. They’re yielding 72.4 points per game in Atlanta. If the Fighting Irish shoot in this one like they did against Pitt and Wake Forest, recording over 70 points shouldn’t be a problem against this Georgia Tech defense. This looks like a 76-73 or 78-71 final score to put this matchup OVER the total.