Tuesday night in college hoops offers up, among other things, an interesting inter-regional match-up as the 5-1 Georgetown Hoyas run with the 5-2 Texas Longhorns
'Horns, Hoyas Hoop it
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...as part of the Jimmy V Classic from MSG in NYC (7
pm ET, ESPN).
Can the 'Horns bring home a victory for the Big 12? Or will
the G-Towners grab a W for the Big East? And where might there be some money to
made by betting this game?
Lines and Trends
Most NCAA Basketball betting outlets we consulted opened this game with
Georgetown favored in the odds by five points, but many shops quickly bumped the Hoyas to
Also, the total on this game opened at around 117, then got
bumped to upwards of 119.
And for those who think Texas might pull an upset Tuesday
night the 'Horns can be gotten at around +230 on some of the various moneylines
to win this game outright.
Georgetown, with only two starters back from last season, is
off to a 5-1 start to this season. The Hoyas opened with a close win over
Duquesne, a victory over Liberty, then beat then No. 11 UCLA 78-70. G-Town then
pushed No. 1 Indiana to overtime in Brooklyn before falling 82-72.
Since then the Hoyas beat Mount St. Mary's, and last Friday
out-uglied Tennessee 37-36. Georgetown should feel fortunate about winning a
game in which it shot 36 percent from the floor, made one of seven 3-pointers
and four of nine free-throws, as against the Vols.
On the other side of this match-up Texas, with three
starters back from last season, has already gone through some ups and downs
this season. The 'Horns won their first two games, over Fresno State and Coppin
State, but then lost back-to-back games out in Hawaii to lower-division
Chaminade and a mediocre USC team. The Longhorns have since won their last
three games, topping Mississippi State, Sam Houston State and, last Saturday,
The Longhorns shot 13-for-26 from 3-point land Saturday.
For the most part Texas has been starting three freshmen and
two sophomores so far this season. The 'Horns leading scorer, G Sheldon
McClellan, is a sophomore who's come off the bench in four of seven games.
Georgetown has been starting two juniors and three
sophomores this season.
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Georgetown has shot 48 percent from the floor as a team this
season, 35 percent from 3-point range but just 64 percent from the FT line. At
the other end of the court the Hoyas have held opponents to 39 percent FG
Texas, meanwhile, has shot 43 percent from the floor, 36
percent from long range and just 65 percent from the line. Defensively the
'Horns lead the nation in FG defense, holding foes to just 31 percent shooting.
Texas games have averaged 120 total points this season, while
G-Town games have averaged 123 points.
These two programs have only met once before, way back in
1972, a 78-70 Texas victory in the season before legendary John Thompson took
over as head coach at Georgetown. So, who do we choose for our NCAAB picks?
Texas made half its 3-point attempts its last time out; that
won't happen Tuesday night. Georgetown shot just 36 percent from the field its
last time out; that probably won't happen again Tuesday, either.
We'll take the Hoyas at the -6 offered at The Greek.