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Duke vs Georgia Tech Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Bounce-Back Game for Blue Devils?

Following a 78-75 loss against Virginia Tech, the Duke Blue Devils have a great opportunity to bounce back on Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech will be a major underdog as one of the worst Power Six teams nationally while Duke (14-6, 5-4 ACC) is looking to crack the AP Top 25 Poll once again.

The Blue Devils have struggled to meet expectations over the last month, going 0-6 against the spread (ATS). The Yellow Jackets (8-12, 1-9) are reeling with six consecutive losses while going 1-5 ATS. Which squad will finally come up with a cover?

Center Kyle Filipowski #30 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half during a game at Cassell Coliseum
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Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports and college basketball lines for Duke vs Georgia Tech. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

Duke: Supreme Talent Not Enough

Coach Jon Scheyer’s first season at the helm has not gone as planned. Duke has slowed its style of play, compared to coach Mike Krzyzewski’s teams. Plus, the Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting has sharply declined. They rank in the bottom third at 32.1% from deep, while last season’s team ranked 37th in the category.

Duke certainly does not lack talent. In fact, the Blue Devils entered the season with a top-10 ranking and boasted the nation’s top freshman class, featuring three of the top four recruits. So far, five-star center Kyle Filipowski (15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds) is the only one to turn out.

Injuries have been a problem for center Dereck Lively II (four points) and wing Dariq Whitehead (8.4 points). Lively has been a reserve with limited minutes and Whitehead suffered a leg injury in Monday’s loss against Virginia Tech. Fortunately, Whitehead avoided a season-ending injury but will be out on Saturday.

Duke does not have great offensive numbers, ranking below 200th in 2-point and 3-point percentage. However, Georgia Tech has an abysmal defense that sits at 198th in allowed points per game.

The Blue Devils have lost back-to-back games on the road and are 0-5 ATS in away games.

Fall of Georgia Tech

Two years ago, Georgia Tech had a fantastic season capped with winning the 2021 ACC Tournament. Since then, the Yellow Jackets have struggled mightily under coach Josh Pastner. The Yellow Jackets finished 12-20 last season and are on the same path at 8-12.

So what has gone wrong? Scoring has been a major problem. After finishing 22nd in Kenpom’s offensive efficiency in the 2020-21 season, Georgia Tech was 225th in the category last season and is currently 214th. In the past, the Yellow Jackets had go-to scorers like Moses Wright (17.4 points) in 2021 and Michael Devoe (17.9 points) in 2022. They no longer have that with one double-digit scorer – guard Miles Kelly at 13.4 points per game.

Kelly is shooting only 39.3% from the field and has not reached 10 points in three of the last four games. Over the last four games, Georgia Tech is averaging 60 points, compared to its season average of 67.6 points. During that span, the Jackets are 0-4 ATS.

Duke will be a tough challenge as it features a solid defense ranking in the 90th percentile of allowed points per game. Georgia Tech could also be without Lance Terry (8.2 points), who is questionable with a hamstring injury.

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Duke vs Georgia Tech Head-to-Head

Duke has dominated this series with a 70-22 record. Georgia Tech is 1-15 in the last 16 matchups. The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 ATS in their last four meetings with the Blue Devils.

Duke vs Georgia Tech Game Information

  • Game: Duke (14-6, 5-4 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (8-12, 1-9)
  • Location: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 28th, 3 p.m. ET
  • Duke vs Georgia Live Stream: TBS.com

Duke vs Georgia Tech Betting Lines


Duke vs Georgia Tech Picks & Prediction

Duke and Georgia Tech have constantly burned bettors, especially over the last month. The Blue Devils are 0-5 ATS on the road while the Yellow Jackets are 0-3 ATS in their last three home games. So what will give here?

While Duke has struggled to score at times, Georgia Tech has the tendency to foul often. In fact, the Jackets allow 18.6 free throw attempts per game, which ranks in the bottom 40% nationally. The Devils are highly efficient from the charity stripe at 77.1% (17th). Look for Duke to cover with a good scoring day thanks to plenty of free throw attempts.

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