The Hoyas and Huskies
are both already well on their way to March Madness for sure this year, but the
two still have some unfinished business to tend to in the months of February
They'll start by
battling with one another in Big East action, as they try to beat the NCAA
basketball odds on Wednesday night in Storrs.
Well Rounded Hoyas Destroying Foes
At the outset of
the season, Head Coach John Thompson III knew that he had a heck of a roster
assembled this year. Things looked great out of the chute for the Georgetown
Hoyas, but a bad stretch of play in the Big East really put a damper on things.
However, Thompson's team is back in the Top 10 in the country, and it's not all
that farfetched to think that a No. 1 seed could be a possibility if this team
runs the table and wins the Big East Tournament.
G'Town has won
eight in a row in conference, something that is virtually impossible to do in a
conference in which there could be 11 teams dancing come March, and it has gone
6-2 ATS in this run. If you take out the fabulous game that Marshon Brooks put
up when he dropped 43 on the Hoyas in a losing effort for his Providence
Friars, this defense has been impenetrable, allowing just 61.9 PPG in this run.
When you've got an
offense that has a great backcourt, solid forwards, and is incredibly
efficient, shooting 50.0 percent as a team, you're going to win a lot of ball
games with those types of defensive figures.
Walker Slowing Down for Huskies
Huskies have a real gem in Kemba Walker, but at times, he is really the only
man on the team that is keeping things together. The boy from the Bronx is
averaging 22.8 PPG this year, but he has really fallen upon hard times here in
Big East play. You have to go back to January 17 to find the last time that he
scored more than 22 points in a game, and he has only averaged 16.3 PPG in this
run of seven games. Walker must be exhausted as well, as he has averaged 39.6
minutes per game since that point as well.
There aren't two
other players on this team that you can add together their scoring production
to match that of Walker. Alex Oriakhi and Jeremy Lamb are at 10.2 and 10.1 PPG
respectively, but they aren't really able to carry this team the same way that
By the way, it
shouldn't be all that shocking that UConn has lost three games since January
29, a sign that both Walker, and his teammates are really in a lot of trouble
going forward unless they can get a second wind.
Stacking Up the NCAA Basketball Odds
Georgetown has won
four straight in this series, but only one of those four was played here in
Storrs. The Hoyas are 4-2 ATS over the course of the last six NCAA basketball betting wars. UConn is 18-6 ATS in its last 24 following an SU
victory, but Georgetown is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 after an SU win as well.
The Huskies are
getting the nod by 2 1/2 points on the NCAA basketball lines, but we aren't so
sure that it is justified. We know that the Hoyas can beat some of the best
teams in the land on the road, and this really isn't one of the best teams that
they are going against. Connecticut might be poised to make a nice run in
March, but it isn't winning this game.