College Basketball Picks: Oregon vs. Georgetown

David Lawrence

Friday, November 8, 2013 6:27 PM GMT

The Georgetown Hoyas play host to the Oregon Ducks tonight! Will the Hoyas put the Ducks' preseason ranking in danger?

If you’re sifting through the college basketball lines on Friday night, this is surely one game that will pop out at you. The Oregon Ducks are ranked in the Top 25 (No. 19) and the Georgetown Hoyas are not. However, the Hoyas are a 4.5-point favorite as the two teams prepare to meet at a neutral site in Seoul, South Korea. The reason for that is because the Ducks will be without two key players and that could have a significant impact on the outcome of this game.

Oregon Ducks vs Georgetown Hoyas

Odds: Georgetown -4.5

The Ducks can win because…

They still have plenty left in the cupboard. Yes, Ben Carter and Dominic Artis are suspended indefinitely for doing their best Johnny Manziel impression (selling merchandise) but there’s still plenty of talent on a team that made the Sweet Sixteen last season. Junior guard Joseph Young comes over from Houston after averaging 18.0 points per game there and forward Mike Moser after 14.0 points per game two years ago for UNLV prior to enduring an injury-filled campaign last year. They’ll join Damyean Dotson and Pac-12 Tournament MVP Johnathan Loyd on a team that should be able to score with ease.

It’s not as if the Hoyas are loaded themselves. They lost Otto Porter to the NBA draft (selected third overall) and with Greg Whittington being out indefinitely with a knee injury, the Hoyas won’t have their typical muscle upfront. People who make their college basketball picks expect Big East teams to have an edge in muscle inside over Pac-12 teams. Georgetown doesn’t have that, which means that Oregon should get this win.


The Hoyas can win because…

The Ducks are without Artis and Carter; that’s significant. Artis was expected to be a starter in the backcourt while Carter was one of the first guys off the bench. That not only leaves the Ducks thin in the starting lineup but thin in the frontcourt as well. Beyond that, it’s not as if this team has had a ton of time to adjust. The suspensions were handed out on Tuesday and now they have to make a trip overseas and take on the team that was picked to finish second in the Big East.

On top of that, this game is in a non-traditional venue, which might also throw Oregon for a loop. Georgetown opened the season on a neutral site like this last season, playing on the USS Bataan against Florida. That should give them a bit of an edge in experience as the teams will be playing in Camp Humphrey in Seoul, which is surely a unique venue.

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Outlook & College Basketball Betting Prediction:

Losing Artis is just not the type of news the Ducks wanted to hear. They’ve improved their record four straight seasons and losing their star guard less than a week before the season starts is a tough pill to swallow. However, that makes the transfers of Young and Moser even more important now.

The losses of Porter and Whittington have dropped the Hoyas down a notch. It also takes away the sizable edge they would have had if both of those players were playing and the Ducks were without Artis. As it stands now, I think the loss of Artis is a tad overblown and the Ducks will be more than capable of winning this game outright on a neutral site. That being the case, I’ll take them with the points on the college basketball odds.

College Basketball Pick: Ducks +4.5