Big East Picks
7;00 PM EST
Georgia Tech -1 over Virginia Tech (win)
Virginia Tech might have been a little overvalued this year. This is a team that plays a lot of freshman and Mike Young is just getting his feet wet with this program. This team runs a very slow paced offense so the margin for error is slim. Georgia Tech has improved on defense and a guy like Jose Alvarado can steal the ball better than anyone in the country. The Hokies limited possessions become even less with the active hands of Alvarado. This team has talent and a big size advantage. Josh Pastner needs to win these coin flip games in his 4th year against first year head coaches. Take Georgia Tech.
9;00 PM EST
Xavier +1.5 over DePaul (win)
Xavier just got a monster win against Seton Hall on the road and needs to carry that momentum over to these midweek games. DePaul is a good team, but will really miss the services of Devin Gage. Gage was so good at finding his teammates and very active with his hands. Xavier has the size, experience and overall better roster. Travis Steele can start to make a name for himself as a young head coach in spots like this. I just don’t know how good the guard play will be for the Blue Demons. As long as Xavier stays red hot at three point defense they should win this game with no problem. Take Xavier.