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Pick on the Spread for Notre Dame-Georgia Tech on January 9

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Tuesday’s college basketball matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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NCAA Basketball: Boston College at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish in three ACC home games coming out of Christmas covered all three games against this spread, including an outright win against the Virginia Cavaliers. Now the Irish have to leave South Bend and head to Atlanta for Tuesday’s matchup with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-6.5, 133)

The calling card for Notre Dame hanging in games has been their defense, having allowed 67 points or fewer in five straight games and in 10 out of their last 12 games to date it back even further.

Much of the reason for the point totals allowed though is not so much defense as it is slow play, ranking 322nd out of the 362 Division I teams in total possessions per game while ranking 87th in points allowed on a per possession basis despite being 31st in total points allowed per game.

Much of the success of the Irish has come at home with the team giving up 9.2 more points per 100 possessions in a road or neutral court environment than at home and the offense is 354th in points scored on a per possession basis away from home.

Both teams enter Tuesday’s game with outside shooting issues with Georgia Tech 314th in 3-point shooting percentage, but Notre Dame is making just 22.3% of their 3-pointers in games played away from home, the second-lowest percentage in the nation.

Along with the poor shooting, Notre Dame has had a tough time just getting a clean possession away from home, ranking 322nd in turnovers per possession away from home with 21.3% of possessions ending in a turnover.

While Markus Burton has emerged as a top scoring option for Notre Dame, his 16.2 points and 3.9 assists per game come with 4.1 turnovers per game, which is the second-most for any qualifying Division I players. Burton has also not gotten a lot of help from his teammates as he is the only player on the team averaging more than 9.4 points per game.

On top of all of the inefficiencies on Notre Dame’s side, the Yellow Jackets are also 36th in the country in offensive rebound rate, grabbing 33.8% of their missed shots as an offensive rebound.

With Notre Dame having scored 62 points or fewer in regulation in 12 of their last 14 games, which negates any points scored in overtime, and having yet to score 60 points in regulation in a road or neutral court game, Georgia Tech will keep the Fighting Irish offense in check and take control of the game.

The Play: Georgia Tech -6.5