Oklahoma St vs Georgia Tech: Preview/Prediction

March 19th, 2010
Mar 19 2010 - 7:15pm

Team Previews: #7 Oklahoma St  --  #10 Georgia Tech

 

Vegas Odds: Oklahoma St -1.5    Bet at bodog

 

Why Georgia Tech will win: 

The Yellow Jackets were inconsistent throughout the season, but they have the size to give Oklahoma State a miserable time. Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal are future lottery picks in the post, and Zach Peacock can step out and shoot. Iman Shumpert is a talented guard.

 

Yellow Jacket to Watch:

Derrick Favors, F - 13 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 bpg

Favors came into the season as one of the more highly-touted recruits in the country. He is a powerful inside player who has the ability to dominate the paint, at both ends of the floor. He will need to control the post against OK State.

 

Why Oklahoma St will win:

The Cowboys have been solid all year, led by their perimeter-oriented offense. James Anderson might be the best two-guard in the country, and Obi Muonelo is a match-up nightmare on the wing. Keiton Page doesn't look like much, but he can shoot the three with consistency.
 

Cowboy to Watch:

James Anderson, G/F - 23 ppg, 6 rpg

Anderson was the Big 12 Player of the Year, and a player capable of going off for 30 or 40 points without batting an eye. He is an absolutely explosive scorer who has scored at least 30 points on five occasions this season.

 

How it will go down:

This will be a battle between Oklahoma State's perimeter attack against Georgia Tech's talented interior group. In the end, I think that the Yellow Jackets' duo of Lawal and Favors will be too much on the inside, and Shumpert will be able to score just enough to limit OK State's advantage at guard.
 

Betting Pick: Georgia Tech + 1.5

 

Real Pick: Georgia Tech