Top College Basketball Picks for Monday, February 1st, 2021

Top College Basketball Picks for Monday, February 1st, 2021
Mon 1st February 2021

Georgia Tech vs Louisville 

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head to KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Monday afternoon and they’ve been quite unsuccessful against the Cardinals lately. Since 2015, the Yellow Jackets have won only one of their eight encounters with Louisville, though they’ve covered the spread five times in the process. 

The Jackets won their previous duel with the Cardinals as 6-point home dogs, 64-58, on February 12, 2020. However, Georgia Tech is 0-5 straight up and 3-2 ATS in its last five road contests against Louisville. 

The #25 Cardinals have struggled mightily over the last two weeks, going 1-3 SU and ATS in that span. They’ve lost at Miami 78-72 and Clemson 54-50 along with a 78-65 home defeat to Florida State, but the Cardinals have been victorious in their previous outing on the home court, outlasting Duke 70-65 as 2.5-point home favorites. 

The Jackets beat Florida State 76-65 as 4-point home dogs last Saturday to stop a two-game slide. They’ve lost at Virginia 64-62 and Duke 75-68, so a convincing victory over the #16 Seminoles was a huge boost for their confidence. Georgia Tech is 8-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference play, holding the seventh spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference, just half a game behind Louisville. 

The Cardinals are 10-4 overall and 5-3 in the ACC play. They allow 93.3 points per 100 possessions (37th in the country), ranking 68th in opponent field goal percentage (40.8%) and 87th in opponent 3-point percentage (31.0%). 

Louisville is a young team, leaning on three freshmen in its rotation, but senior guard Carlik Jones leads the way with 17.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. On the other side, the Jackets rely heavily on four seniors including G Jose Alvarado (18.3 PPG, 4.5 APG) and F Moses Wright (17.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG). 

Georgia Tech scores 111.2 points per 100 possessions (41st) on 46.8% shooting from the field (53rd) and 37.2% from beyond the arc (56th) while dishing 16.5 assists per game (39th). The problems are on the other side of the ball, as the Yellow Jackets surrender 95.7 points per 100 possessions (69th) on 45.3% shooting from the field (261st) and 36.7% from deep (309th). 

The Cardinals are not an elite offensive team, so we expect to see a very tight contest. Louisville tallies 110.1 points per 100 possessions (54th) while shooting only 31.5% from downtown (252nd) and handing out a paltry 11.4 assists per game (11.4). 

College basketball pick – Georgia Tech by 5. 

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech 

Monday night’s Big 12 Conference showdown at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock will be a pure joy to watch, and you don’t want to miss it. The #24 Oklahoma Sooners just beat the #9 Alabama Crimson Tide 66-61 for their fifth straight win and third in a row over the top-10 team, while the #10 Texas Tech Red Raiders snapped a two-game skid with a 76-71 win at LSU. 

Oklahoma is 6-3 in the conference play and sits at the third spot of the Big 12 standings, 1.5 games ahead of Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have lost to #2 Baylor 68-60 and #11 West Virginia 88-87 over the last two weeks, but they returned to the winning path and will be ready for the red-hot Sooners. 

These two schools already met each other once this season and the Raiders barely outlasted the Sooners as 2.5-point road favorites, 69-67. Sophomore G Terrence Shannon scored 21 points for Texas Tech, while junior guards Mac McClung and Kyler Edwards combined for 34 points and eight rebounds. 

On the other side, sophomore G De’Vion Harmon led the way for Oklahoma with 17 points, while senior G Austin Reaves had 13 points on 4-for-14 shooting from the field. Reaves (15.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.1 APG) missed Saturday’s game against Alabama due to the medical protocols and will probably sit out Monday’s clash as well. 

Without their best player, the Sooners will have a mountain to climb in Lubbock. Another top-10 victory would be too much for the Sooners, as Texas Tech is an excellent defensive team. Interestingly, the Red Raiders failed to cover in six straight outings at home, so this seems like a perfect opportunity.

Texas Tech is 5-1 SU and 2-3-1 ATS in its last six games against Oklahoma, while the Red Raiders went 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS over their previous six home matchups with the Sooners. 

College basketball pick – Texas Tech by 5.

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