The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hit the road to take on the fifth-seeded Mississippi Rebels in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Tuesday night. The winner receives a trip to Madison Square Garden in New York for the semifinals. The Rebels rode the hot shooting of Terence Davis to upend top-seeded Syracuse on Sunday, earning a home game against sixth seed Georgia Tech. The Rebels torched Syracuse’s zone defense with 15 3-pointers (six by Davis) in an 85-80 victory. Davis finished with 30 points and Deandre Burnett added five 3-pointers en route to 19 points. Davis is averaging 18.3 points over his last 11 games, making him one of three players – along with Burnett and Sebastian Saiz – scoring at least 14.9 points a contest. Saiz leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation in rebounding at 11.3 per game, posting his 22nd double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Syracuse. Ole Miss seeks its third trip to the NIT semifinals under coach Andy Kennedy (2008, 2010).
The Yellow Jackets shot 55.2% after halftime in Sunday’s 71-57 victory over Belmont, scoring 41 points in the final 20 minutes to break open a close game. Quinton Stephens led the way with a career-high 23 points while Ben Lammers posted his 15th double-double of the season. Stephens is finishing his career on a high-note, averaging 18.3 points over his last three games while shooting 10-of-24 from 3-point range during that span. Lammers recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds against Belmont and enters Tuesday third in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.2). The Yellow Jackets, who many picked to finish at or near the bottom of the ACC, rank 13th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (39.5 percent). Freshman guard Josh Okogie has registered 39 points, nine assists, two turnovers and 15 rebounds in two NIT games. Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 11-9, with 19 of those games coming when both schools were in the SEC from 1926-64. Ole Miss won the last meeting, posting a 77-67 victory in the 2013 Barclays Center Classic.
Georgia Tech’s defense has been solid all season and should be able to cool-off the hot shooting Rebels. I expect a close game throughout, with Stephens coming up big for Georgia Tech to at least keep this game close.
Pick:Georgia Tech +5.5
Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
Yellow Jackets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
Yellow Jackets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Yellow Jackets are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win.
Yellow Jackets are 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Yellow Jackets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
Rebels are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
Rebels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Rebels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Rebels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Rebels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Rebels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast.
Rebels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Rebels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Rebels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
Rebels are 11-5-2 ATS in their last 18 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.
Under is 6-1-1 in Yellow Jackets last 8 overall.
Under is 5-1-1 in Yellow Jackets last 7 vs. Southeastern.
Over is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 road games.
Over is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Over is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 games as a road underdog.
Under is 4-1-1 in Yellow Jackets last 6 games following a ATS win.
Over is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Under is 12-4 in Yellow Jackets last 16 non-conference games.
Under is 3-1-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 games as an underdog.
Under is 19-7 in Yellow Jackets last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 19-7 in Yellow Jackets last 26 Tuesday games.
Under is 18-7-1 in Yellow Jackets last 26 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
Under is 5-2 in Yellow Jackets last 7 games as a road underdog of 0.5-6.5.
Over is 4-0 in Rebels last 4 games as a home favorite.
Over is 4-0 in Rebels last 4 non-conference games.
Over is 4-0 in Rebels last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Over is 4-0-1 in Rebels last 5 home games.
Over is 4-0 in Rebels last 4 games as a favorite.
Over is 6-1 in Rebels last 7 games following a ATS win.
Over is 8-2-1 in Rebels last 11 overall.
Over is 7-2-1 in Rebels last 10 vs. Atlantic Coast.
Over is 16-5 in Rebels last 21 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Over is 8-3 in Rebels last 11 games following a straight up win.