Ga. Tech, Oklahoma, lose key players

Ga. Tech will not have star senior Moses Wright against Loyola-Chicago in the Yellow Jackets' first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

Georgia Tech (17-8 straight up, 15-10 against the spread) will not have ACC Player of the Year Moses Wright for its first-round game vs. Loyola-Chicago, according to reporting from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and Brett McMurphy on Wednesday night.

Wright is averaging 18.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 blocked shots and 1.5 steals per game. The 6-foot-9 senior power forward has led the Yellow Jackets to eight straight wins, including an 80-75 victory over Florida State in this past Saturday’s ACC Tournament finals.

Ga. Tech head coach Josh Pastner revealed Tuesday that a member of the team’s travel party tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. When contacted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday night, Pastner couldn’t confirm Stadium’s report due to HIPAA regulations.

Pastner has said the member of the team’s travel party (Wright) is asymptomatic and in isolation. Furthermore, if the ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets advance to the Sweet 16, the individual could play if he remains asymptomatic after Sunday.

This is Ga. Tech’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

Loyola-Chicago (24-4 SU, 16-9-1 ATS) opened as a two or 2.5-point favorite at most shops on Sunday night. The number moved to three or 3.5 at some spots after Pastner revealed the news of a positive test on Tuesday.

As of Thursday morning, most books had the Ramblers as 5.5-point favorites.

Making matter worse for Ga. Tech is that it won’t have Wright to defend Loyola-Chicago senior center Cameron Krutwig, who was a starter on the Ramblers’ team that went to the Final Four when he was a true freshman.

Krutwig averages 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 SPG. Lucas Williamson (7.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG) is the only other holdover from this program’s run to the national semifinals in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The ‘under’ is on a 13-5 run for Porter Moses’s squad that won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and regular-season title.

Just like Ga. Tech, Oklahoma received terrible news Wednesday ahead of its 8/9 first-round showdown vs. Missouri. The Sooners will be without De’Vion Harmon against the Tigers after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The sophomore guard averages 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 SPG. Harmon is out of OU’s first two games if it advances, but he could possibly return if the Sooners make the Sweet 16.

As of late Thursday morning, most books had the Sooners listed as one-point favorites.

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