Ga. Tech looks to knock off No. 5 Louisville

Jose Alvarado drives to the hoop against Louisville

Jose Alvarado drives to the hoop against Louisville

Is Louisville the right side to bet on in this matchup?

Louisville: The Cardinals hardly looked like the No. 5 team in the country. As of Wednesday afternoon, 82 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Louisville. Louisville (21-4, 12-2 ACC) is still alone at the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, but this thing just got a whole lot tighter.

Georgia Tech lost the first meeting between the team on January 22, squandering an 11-point lead early in the second half to lose 68-64. Louisville remains No. 5 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Wake Forest and Virginia last week.

Georgia Tech led by three with 20 seconds to play, but Virginia Tech hit a three-pointer with 13.3 on the clock to force overtime. Georgia Tech has either won or lost by 9 or less points, with 3 losses coming by 5 or less points. The Yellow Jackets were outscored 45-40 in the second half of the defeat. Michael Devoe paced Georgia Tech with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range plus 5-of-5 at the free throw line. David Johnson went up for the apparent lay-in, but Wright came out of nowhere to block the shot.

The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

TWO STREAKS: Louisville has won its last five road games, scoring 76.4 points and allowing 66.2 points during those contests.

The officials did a lengthy video review to make sure it wasn't goaltending, finally awarding the ball to the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets led by as many as 11, bringing the crowd to its feet with a dazzling display of hustle. I'm going to side with the better team here as the Cardinals should be focused after only defeating Georgia Tech 68-64 at home. Go with the favorites in this spot.

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