Georgia Tech vs. Illinois Free Pick
CHAMPAIGN, IL (ATS Consultants) - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) are coming off a 65-56 win over St. Mary's win on Nov. 25 as a 4.5 point dog at the Anaheim Classic.
Illinois (7-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) is coming off a 63-62 win over Gardner Webb at home as a 17.5 point favorite. Georgia Tech visits Assembly Hall from Champaign, IL on Wednesday night to visit #22 Illinois at 9pmET in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Illini opened as a 9.5-point favorite and remained there in most books. The total opened at 121.5 and moved to 127.5 at most books.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Georgia Tech. According to the latest college basketball trends, the Fighting Illini are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall, and are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss.
Illinois is ranked for the first time this season, at No. 22 Illini and 7-0 under former Ohio coach John Groce. After returning to the mainland from winning the Maui Invitational, Tyler Griffey hit a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to give Illinois a 63-62 home victory Sunday over Gardner-Webb. The Illini have failed to outrebound either of their last two opponents and shot 43.8 percent while committing 18 turnovers Sunday. The Yellow Jackets (4-1) are coming off a 65-56 victory over Saint Mary's on Sunday in the third-place game of the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim. Brandon Reed scored 19 points as Georgia Tech bounced back from a loss to California on Friday. Georgia Tech's scoring leader is talented freshman swingman Marcus Georges-Hunt, who averages 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. This is a young and talented team that can hang with Illinois and should cover this one with ease.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: GEORGIA TECH +9.5