Georgia Tech—Boston College Preview: ACC Cellar Awaits Loser

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2009

 

Boston College at Georgia Tech
Tuesday 7PM TV: Raycom

The two bottom feeders of the ACC meet in Atlanta on Tuesday for a game with potential NIT positioning on the line! Ok, sarcasm turned off.

Keys to the Game:

1. Turnovers

Boston College is one of the ACC’s best at taking care of the ball, ranking second in conference play with 12.5 turnovers per game. Georgia Tech is last in the ACC with 80 turnovers in their four conference games, which is 20 more than the next team (Miami). For Georgia Tech to get the win, they have to take better care of the ball especially in late game situations.

2. Interior Defense

The Yellow Jackets like to pound the ball inside to their talented frontcourt trio led by sophomore Gani Lawal. BC’s defense ranks last in the ACC in FG% at 45.3%, which tells me opponents are getting the ball to the rim and converting easy opportunities. For BC to pull of the road upset, they have to collapse down on the inside and force Tech to shoot from the outside.

3. Free Throws

I expect this to be a close game and many times in those cases it comes down to FT shooting. BC is the ACC’s best at nearly 78% from the line while Georgia Tech ranks near the bottom of Division I at 54%.

Prediction

Boston College loves to shoot the three led, by G Tyrese Rice. If they Eagles are on shooting then it could be an 0-5 start for Paul Hewitt’s Jackets. However, I think GT has learned from their errors in their close ACC losses and pulls out a tight one at home led by their big guys down low.

Georgia Tech wins by 1-8 points

Season: 5-3 SU

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