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TCU, Georgia Tech Clash For NIT Championship

The NIT has been full of upsets and it has led to No. 4 seed TCU taking on No. 6 Georgia Tech in the finals. Both teams have been a boon for bettors as well with the Horned Frogs going 5-2 ATS in their past seven and the Yellow Jackets going 7-1 ATS in their past eight.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of TCU's last 7 games.
  • Georgia Tech is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games as an underdog of 3.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Tech's last 5 games.

At one point during the regular season, it appeared as though TCU would be in the conversation for an at-large bid into the Madness. The Horned Frogs then faltered and lost their final seven regular-season games. TCU has bulldozed its past two opponents in the NIT by an average scoring margin of plus-16.5. Junior Kenrich Williams has been unstoppable for TCU during the tourney, with the guard averaging 13.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor.

Much like TCU, Georgia Tech opened conference play looking like it was heading to the Madness but the Yellow Jackets ended up losing six of their final 10 regular-season outings. Georgia Tech has been dominant defensively, holding opponents under 70 points in seven of the past eight. The Yellow Jackets have cruised through the NIT thanks to their frontcourt pairing of Ben Lammers and Quinton Stephens, who are averaging a combined 30.5 points and 17.3 rebounds during the tourney.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the TCU Horned Frogs in this one found them listed as -3.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Yellow Jackets was expected to move the line.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs TCU Horned Frogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 20-11 ATS against the betting line this season, while the TCU Horned Frogs are 18-18 ATS. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 11-19-1 on betting the total; TCU Horned Frogs are 19-16-1.

The TCU Horned Frogs sit at No. 230 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets sit at No. 291 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and TCU has the nation's No. 120-rated offensive output, at 74.37 PPG. The visiting Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense ranks No. 35 allowing on average 66.22 PPG. The Horned Frogs FG% has averaged 46.44% so far, more than the TCU Yellow Jackets marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.99% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Yellow Jackets got 22 points from Josh Okogie as Georgia Tech ran past Cal State-Bakersfield 76-61 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Vladimir Brodziansky scored 18 points leading the Horned Frogs to a 68-53 victory over Central Florida at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Betting Trends
  • Georgia Tech is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Georgia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Tech's last 5 games
  • TCU is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • TCU is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of TCU's last 7 games

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