Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. TCU Horned Frogs, Las Vegas Sports Betting Odds, NIT Championship, Picks and Prediction

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21-15 March 30, 8:00 PM | Madison Square Garden 23-15
Georgia Tech vs Texas Christian, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 30, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 30th – NIT TOURNAMENT – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
711 –Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +4½ -110 +160 Ov 133.5 -110
712 –TCU Horned Frogs -4½ -110 -180 Un 133.5 -110

The fans at Madison Square Garden will be treated to a game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the TCU Horned Frogs when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (21-15): Freshman guard and leading scorer Josh Okogie scored 22 points in the semis and he is averaging 21.8 to go along with 7.8 rebounds in the tournament. “We definitely had great preparation prior to this game,” he told the media. “We had a couple great practices and a great shootaround on being ball tough. I think we did a good job of transitioning that into the game.” Junior center Ben Lammers has three double-doubles in the NIT after producing 15 points and 11 boards versus Bakersfield, while senior forward Quinton Stephens has posted 15.5 points per game – five more than his season average.

ABOUT TCU (23-15): Coach Jamie Dixon is 27-15 at Madison Square Garden and is no stranger to title games at the arena, having guided Pittsburgh to the Big East championship in 2008, and he can thank Brodziansky and junior guard Kenrich Williams for a return trip. “I thought Kenrich was terrific the second half,” Dixon told reporters after Williams produced 12 of his 14 points after halftime Tuesday night. “He just kind of took over, passing, finishing, offensive rebounding, and you know, that’s pretty big. Just let him go do his thing.” Williams has a double-double in each of the four NIT games and 18 on the season, while Brodziansky is averaging 19 points and shooting 60 percent over the last three rounds.

Oddsmakers currently have the Horned Frogs listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Yellow Jackets, while the game’s total is sitting at 133½.

Georgia Tech and TCU put their respective late-season slumps in the rear-view mirror and have a shot at postseason glory when they meet in the NIT title game Thursday in Madison Square Garden in New York. Both squads entertained thoughts of reaching the NCAA Tournament before struggling down the stretch and getting knocked off the bubble, but they’ve showed plenty of fight in racing to the championship game of this event.

“Playing in the NIT, we were excited,” Yellow Jackets coach Josh Pastner told reporters after Tuesday’s 76-61 semifinal win over Cal State Bakersfield. “We wanted to keep playing. This is important for our program.” The Horned Frogs had perhaps a more difficult turnaround after dropping their final seven games of the regular season, but they are 6-1 ever since after knocking off Central Florida 68-53 in the other semifinal game. Vladimir Brodziansky led the way with 18 points in 22 minutes as TCU advanced to the NIT championship for the first time. Georgia Tech, which was a runner-up in this event in 1971, has won the only two prior meetings with the Horned Frogs, although the programs have not met since 1967.

TCU was a 68-53 winner in its last match on the road against Knights. They covered the -2.5-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Georgia Tech, they were a 76-61 winner as they battled Roadrunners at home. They covered in the match as a -3-point favorite.

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Georgia Tech:
Team record: 21-15 SU,20-11 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
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

Team record: 23-15 SU,18-18 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight 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

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

1. Georgia Tech has held five straight opponents to under 40 percent from the floor.

2. Horned Frogs G Alex Robinson shot 2-for-10 against UCF but handed out six assists and has at least five in nine consecutive contests.

3. Lammers has 13 blocks in the last two games and 18 for the tournament.

Vegas Coverage picks and prediction:
Picks: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will cover the spread at +4.5 and the game will go over 133.5 points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Georgia Tech 78, TCU 75 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

67.8 PTS FOR 74.4
66.2 PTS AGNST 70.1
1.6 DIFF. 4.3
26.6 DEF REBOUNDS 24.3
44.0 FG% 46.4
68.5 FT% 68.3
4.6 3 POINTERS 7.2
6.7 STEALS 6.4
No trends to report
The total has gone OVER in 5 of TCU’s last 7 games
TCU is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Georgia Tech’s Overall Scoring vs TCU’s Overall Defense 67.8 295 70.1 117
Georgia Tech’s Away Scoring vs TCU’s Home Defense 64.9 294 66.0 88
Georgia Tech’s Road Rebounds vs TCU’s Home Rebounds Allowed 32.6 274 31.0 50
TCU’s Overall Scoring vs Georgia Tech’s Overall Defense 74.4 147 66.2 44
TCU’s Home Scoring vs Georgia Tech’s Road Defense 77.0 156 74.2 153
TCU’s Home Rebounds vs Georgia Tech’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.8 175 35.9 179

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