Northwestern vs Georgia Tech Preview

Northwestern vs Georgia Tech

The ACC/Big Ten challenge continues as we have another stellar matchup between the formerly-ranked Northwestern Wildcats and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

This will be Northwestern’s fourth game against Georgia Tech (all since 2010), with NU holding a 2-1 advantage. The Cats haven’t played in Atlanta since John Shurna poured in 25 and 8 in a victory in 2011. Chris Collins is 0-1 against GT with a home loss in 2014.

With the Wildcats having dropped games to current Top-25 teams Creighton and Texas Tech already, there are only two more opportunities for non-conference victories against legit competition (sorry, DePaul). Both are on the road. Tonight’s game is, by a significant margin, the more winnable of the two. On December 22, Northwestern will head to Norman to play a dangerous Oklahoma team that is currently 23rd in KenPom. Georgia Tech is just 63rd in KenPom and doesn’t have a ton of offensive options with star sophomore Josh Okogie both suspended and injured.

With Okogie out, Georgia Tech’s best player is Ben Lammers. The 6-foot-10 senior center is averaging 17 points and 8 boards this season and will be a tough matchup for Dererk Pardon on both ends of the floor. Freshman point guard Jose Alvarado has been a revelation, averaging 14 points and 4 assists and scoring efficiently, but he still has about 100 fewer games of experience than Bryant McIntosh. Guard Tadric Jackson put up 14 points in his first game back from suspension and junior wing Brandon Alston gives GT a fourth scoring option with 11 points per game. Pastner actually uses his bench even less than Collins does.

The Yellow Jackets have now won three straight after falling 63-60 to a ranked UCLA team in their season opener. They are playing tremendous defense, allowing an average of only 60 points, good for 25th in the country.

Northwestern rebounded from their blowout loss to Texas Tech with an easy 81-50 home victory over Sacred Hart on Friday night. The Wildcats shot a solid 47% from the field and drained nine three-pointers, while holding Sacred Heart to 43% shooting. Wildcats top scorer Scottie Lindsey had a strong night in the win, collecting 19 points to go with six boards and four assists. The senior guard is playing well, scoring at least 19 points in three straight games and is now averaging 17.8 points per game. Bryant McIntosh wasn’t quite as effective as Lindsey in the win, converting on only 3 of 9 shots for a total of nine points. The senior guard has hit a bump, going a combined 4 for 18 from the field in his last two games, and is currently averaging 15.3 points per game.

Prediction

Northwestern is actually the stronger offensive team, which you wouldn’t think of a Chris Collins coached team as being better offensively than defensively, but that is the case this season. On the flip side, Josh Pastner has his team playing phenomenal defense and they could cut into the Cats success on the offensive end of the floor. With Okogie missing this game, it heavily favors Northwestern and I expect them to squeeze out the victory.

LINE: EVEN

Northwestern 72 Georgia Tech 65

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