Georgia Tech Vs. Oklahoma St. Prediction

Ray MonohanContributor IMarch 17, 2010

DALLAS - MARCH 12:  John Lucas #15 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys shoots a free throw against the Iowa State University Cyclones during the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament at the American Airlines Center on March 12, 2004 in Dallas, Texas.  The Cowboys won 83-75.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State vs. Georgia Tech – Friday, March 19th, Milwaukee, Wis. – Midwest Region – 4:15 pm

Betting Odds: The seventh-seed Cowboys are the favorites at -1.5 (-110), Georgia Tech +1.5 (-110)
Over/Under: 136
MoneyLine: Currently OFF

This game is in the Mid-West regional bracket and will be played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are a fascinating case study. By all accounts, they played sorta lousy this season, and coach Paul Hewitt was on the cusp of losing his job. However, the Jackets had an outstanding ACC tournament – making it to the final and even then only coming up short against Duke by four points.

If Georgia Tech can ride that momentum, they could be a potent foe in March.

For its part, Oklahoma State will lean on its do-everything guard, junior James Anderson.

The versatile guard/swingman averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in the regular season. Unfortunately, Oklahoma State has been going the opposite way to the Jackets lately – three of the Cowboys’ last five games resulted in losses.

The Cowboys had a stretch earlier in the season where they won 11 of 12; they need to replicate that magic to make sure they dispose of the pesky Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech has no bona fide studs, but do showcase several solid players. Forwards Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors get it done up front, both putting up double-digit points and eight boards per.

Two late-season wins at North Carolina and versus Clemson catapulted Georgia Tech into its surprising success in the conference tourney.

If big men Lawal and freshman Favors can get their opponents into foul trouble, the Jackets certainly have a shot.

Regardless, Tech has been plagued by inconsistency this season, and they will need to shake that reputation if they’re to make a dent in the tourney.

Betting Trends:

Cowboys are 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games
Cowboys are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games as a favorite
Cowboys are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games
Cowboys are 37-15-2 ATS in their last 54 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5
Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games as an underdog
Yellow Jackets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games
Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games
Yellow Jackets are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win

Yellow Jackets vs. Cowboys Free Tournament Pick:Georgia Tech presents some match-up trouble for the Cowboys, but a combination of G. Tech’s unpredictable 2009-10 efforts and the toughness of Oklahoma State probably translate into the Cowboys edging out a win and moving forward.

Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 58, Georgia Tech 55

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