FILE – Georgia Tech guard Michael Devoe (0) takes a shot as Florida State guard M.J. Walker (23) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball Championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., in this Saturday, March 13, 2021, file photo. Devoe passed on a chance to enter the NBA draft, electing to return for another season after averaging 15 points a game.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
- Georgia Tech is a 12.5-point home favorite over Georgia Southern on Friday
- Georgia Tech is on a four-game winning streak
- A look at the matchup and odds can be found below with a prediction
Georgia Tech will look to continue its winning streak and avoid a Thanksgiving hangover when it hosts Georgia Southern at 12:00 p.m. ET Friday at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech (4-1) has won four games in a row since being surprised by Miami (Ohio) in its opener. Georgia Southern (4-1) opened the season with four straight wins before losing at Wofford 70-52 on Sunday.
The game, in which Georgia Tech is favored, will be livestreamed by ACC Network Extra.
Georgia Southern vs Georgia Tech Odds
|Georgia Southern||+590||+12.5 (-110)||Over 133.5 (-110)|
|Georgia Tech||-900||-12.5 (-110)||Under 133.5 (-110)|
Odds as of November 25th at FanDuel.
Everyone into the GSU Act
Georgia Southern has relied on balance to build its impressive early-season record after losing its top two scorers from last season.
The Eagles have seven players scoring at least 7.6 points a game. And seven players are also averaging at least 21.2 minutes.
Georgia Southern’s top player has been junior forward Andrei Savrasov. He is averaging 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
🇷🇺 Andrei Savrasov (@GSAthletics_MBB) entered last game as a 16.7% 3P shooter. He ended up with 14 points on 5-for-5 FG (4-for-4 from distance) while having a big impact on both ends in his 18 minutes against Troy. pic.twitter.com/08QYBISEUA
— CBB Europe (@CBB_Europe) February 7, 2021
Savrasov scored a team-high 10 points against Wofford as Georgia Southern struggled to put the ball in the basket. The Eagles shot just 39.6% (17 of 43).
Sloppy play also hurt Georgia Southern. It had 19 turnovers while Wofford committed eight.
Senior guard Elijah McCadden, Georgia Southern’s third-leading scorer in 2020-21, is scoring 9.3 points a game and averaging 1.5 steals. He finished with eight points Sunday.
Sophomore wing Cam Bryant is third in scoring at 9.2
— Georgia Southern Men’s Basketball (@GSAthletics_MBB) November 17, 2021
Devoe Expected Back for Tech
Georgia Tech figures to get standout senior guard Michael Devoe back after he sat out an 85-70 win over Charleston Southern with the flu Monday night.
Devoe is making a strong early case to succeed former teammate Moses Wright as the ACC Player of the Year. Devoe is averaging 22.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals.
Michael Devoe had 37 points on 14/18 shooting tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/MPKSzF5w93
— Josh Padmore (@JPadmore92) November 20, 2021
In his last game, Devoe scored a career-high 37 points against Georgia in a win. He is shooting 58.9% (33 of 56) from the field and 65.0% (13 of 20) from three-point range.
Senior wing Jordan Usher is also off to an outstanding start. He has averages of 17.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Usher picked up the scoring slack against Charleston Southern with Devoe sidelined as he finished with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Usher was 9 of 15 on field goals, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, while posting his second double-double of the season.
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) March 14, 2021
Junior guard Kyle Sturdivant scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half when Georgia Tech took a 42-29 lead. Georgia Southern was within 78-70 with 4:01 left but Georgia Tech scored the game’s final seven points, including a three-pointer by Usher.
Junior center Rodney Howard contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Deivon Smith, a transfer from Mississippi State, added 11 points as Georgia Tech shot 57.4% (35 of 61).
Georgia Southern vs Georgia Tech Prediction
The in-state schools have only met twice, and Georgia Tech is 2-0 in the series. The last game was all the way back in the 1997-98 season, though.
While Georgia Tech has two star players in Devoe and Usher, Georgia Southern’s depth should help it stay in the game.
The Pick: Georgia Southern +12.5 (-110)
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.