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NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois vs. Georgia Tech

Illinois Fighting IlliniGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets
7-0December 03, 2013, 07:15 | Hank McCarmish Pavilion5-3

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Hank McCarmish Pavilion Tuesday as host Georgia Tech looks to handle the Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA hoops action.

Supporters of the Fighting Illini have watched them go 7-0 and 4-2 ATS on the year, while the Yellow Jackets are at 5-3 and 1-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Yellow Jackets are 3-1, while the Fighting Illini have a 1-4 mark.

View Illinois Fighting Illini vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Georgia Tech sat as 1.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 25-rated Illinois taking on the No. 230-rated Yellow Jackets in this contest.

Illinois was a 57-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against IUPU Fort Wayne. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites. The Fighting Illini grabbed a 57-55 win over the Mastodons on Friday, behind a 17-point effort from Rayvonte Rice at State Farm Center.

Georgia Tech lost its last outing, a 69-58 result against St. John's on November 30. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. The Red Storm grabbed a 69-58 win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from D'Angelo Harrison at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Georgia Tech's No. 159-ranked offense, averaging 73.38 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense that ranks No. 5 at 57 PPG. The Yellow Jackets field goal percentage has averaged 44.37% so far, more than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.48% per game.

A few Fighting Illini at Yellow Jackets trends to consider:
Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Georgia Tech is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Illinois at Auburn, Sunday, December 8th
Georgia Tech at East Tennessee State, Saturday, December 7th