NCAAB: Georgia Tech vs. Louisville preview and pick
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Surging CardinalsAfter a rocky December run, the Louisville seems to be putting the pieces together at a good time. The Cardinals have won four straight ACC games, including three straight on the road. That road trip included test at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Louisville snagged a 79-73 win over No. 3 Duke.
Louisville is back home for a two-game homestand against unranked ACC opponents, a stretch that could provide time to for the Cardinals to establish an offensive identity. Freshman point guard David Johnson had a standout performance at Duke, where he led the team with 19 points and seven assists. Johnson will most likely contribute substantial minutes at that spot moving forward.
Yesterday, David Johnson had his best game of the year. He had a really impressive/dominant 4 minute stretch, which helped Louisville take a nice lead. He was able to show his impact on both ends of the floor and hopefully he can continue to add onto this going forward pic.twitter.com/5UoybfM2tv— Zach Milner (@ZachMilner13) January 19, 2020
Nothing but upside for Yellow JacketsGeorgia Tech enters with an 8-10 record (3-5 in ACC play) and has lost two straight games—to Notre Dame and Virginia. The Yellow Jackets are banged up and might be without leading scorer Michael Devoe, as well as point guard Jose Alvarado.
This might look like an easy win for Chris Mack’s Cardinals, but this game has all the pieces to be a hangover game for Louisville. Off Louisville’s first win at Cameron Indoor since before all its players were born, the Cardinals will have to show discipline to refocus against Georgia Tech
Johnson had a late-game scare with his surgically repaired shoulder on Saturday. If his minutes are limited and Nwora isn't a scoring threat, Georgia Tech could play things closer than expected.