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Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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73
SCORE
62

It is safe to assume that Michael Devoe will be at the top of Miami's scouting report when it visits Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

Devoe is the Atlantic Coast Conference's second-leading scorer at 19.2 points per game. He's helped the Yellow Jackets beat Miami three straight times, scoring in double figures on each occasion.

Included in those performances was his 29-point effort against the Hurricanes last season. Devoe made 11 of 16 shots from the floor, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range in an 87-60 romp on Feb. 20.

"You can't allow Devoe any separation," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "But if you overplay the 3-pointer, he's going to get to the rim. He's very good in the open floor, and he's clever in the paint, using shot fakes to get fouled."

Although Miami (15-5, 7-2) leads the ACC, the team has every right to be wary of Georgia Tech (9-10, 2-6). The Jackets are coming off Wednesday's 75-61 home win over Florida State, a team that has beaten Miami twice this month.

Devoe is a native Floridian. He likely will have extra motivation to defeat his home-state team for the fourth straight time.

Then again, Devoe seems to play with emotion in other situations, too. Against Duke earlier this season, Devoe got into a run-in of sorts with rival coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Devoe scored 18 second-half points to lead a Georgia Tech rally that ultimately fell short in that loss to the Blue Devils. He said something on the court to Krzyzewski, who took offense.

Jackets coach Josh Pastner defended Devoe's actions, calling him "a good kid."

Miami also will have to contend with Jordan Usher, who is averaging 15.4 points per game.

The Hurricanes are paced by their three guards, including Charlie Moore, whose half-court heave helped Miami post a 78-75 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Moore, who is averaging 12.5 points this season, also had five steals in that game.+

Miami's Kameron McGusty (17.9) and Isaiah Wong (16.5) rank sixth and seventh, respectively, in the ACC in scoring.

Role players Sam Waardenburg and Jordan Miller have had their moments for Miami. That includes Miller's 7-for-9 shooting and 18 points on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Georgia Tech, which won the 2021 ACC Tournament, hasn't lost to Miami in Atlanta since Feb. 7, 2016, winning twice during that span.

"Josh Pastner does a great job alternating his defenses from zone to man," Larranaga said of the Tech coach. "They're a very good basketball team, especially at home."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Miami Hurricanes
73
70
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Kameron McGusty -- with his friend Trae Young in attendance -- scored 20 points to lead Miami to a 73-62 victory over Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

Young, the Atlanta Hawks superstar, was McGusty's teammate with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2017-18.

The Hurricanes also got 12 points and a game-high four steals from Charlie Moore, who fouled out with 3:14 left. Jordan Miller added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Miami (16-5, 8-2 ACC) has won 12 of its past 14 games and sits atop the conference standings.

The Hurricanes, who improved 5-1 on the road, won the game at the foul line. Miami made 21 of 25 free throws, compared to the Yellow Jackets' 3-of-10 effort.

Georgia Tech (9-11, 2-7) was led by Khalid Moore (19 points), Jordan Usher (15 points) Michael Devoe (12 points).

Devoe, who entered the game ranked second in the ACC in scoring (19.2), did not have his best game. He made just 4 of 11 shots and had three turnovers as the Jackets fell to 7-8 at home.

This was Miami's first win at Georgia Tech since 2016. Miami had lost three straight games in the series overall.

Saturday was different, however, and that was evident quickly. On the first play of the game, Devoe stole the ball at half-court but he missed a layup, all alone.

That would be a first-half theme as Georgia Tech missed a half-dozen layups. The Yellow Jackets led for just 27 seconds in the game, at 13-12.

Otherwise, Miami dominated, taking a 36-28 lead at the break on McGusty's 3-pointer in the final seconds.

In the second half, Miami extended its lead to 45-30 with 15:36 left. That's when Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, unhappy with the officiating, was hit with a technical foul. McGusty made two technical free throws to extend the lead to 17 points.

Miami stretched its lead to 19, but Tech cut it to six on a Moore dunk with 3:53 left. But after a timeout, Miami ran a back-door play that freed McGusty for a layup, and the Canes held on from there.

The Hurricanes won the rebound battle 38-31. It was the first time in 11 games this season against Power 5 schools that they accomplished that feat.

--Field Level Media

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