Georgetown vs. UConn
The NCAAB Odds favor the road Hoyas
in this one at -2 with a total of 123.
Who will get the win and/or cover tonight in this Big East battle?
This season in NCAAB has been a rollercoaster of teams in the Top 25. Every week the rankings are being drastically changed because of so many upsets, and once again we have a situation that is ripe for another.
The Hoyas are the new “it” team in college basketball at the moment. Georgetown has ascended to 7th in the country after nine straight wins, four of which were against Top 25 teams, two were against Top 10 teams, and the most recent, a win against Syracuse on the road, has put them flying back into the big national spotlight.
Now they have to try and beat a UConn team on the road, a team they have only covered two of their last six meetings with. The likes of Otto Porter Jr will be huge tonight, as the Hoyas will need all they have.
UConn in need of upset
Shabazz Napier has already had a spectacular season, and the Huskies will be everything he has tonight against Georgetown. Napier is one of the nation’s best players, and his minutes reflect it. Napier is averaging almost 37 minutes per game, and I don’t expect him to see any pine tonight with the Hoyas coming in.
The Huskies have been playing well as of late, going 4-1 SU in their last five games. They also have the advantage of beating the Huskies rather easily at home in past seasons. I know it’s hard to argue trends in college basketball, but the Huskies are 8-1 SU in their last nine meetings with the Hoyas.
If Napier can have a solid game tonight, that will keep UConn close, but they will need contributions from others if they want to get the win. The Huskies have three other players who average double figures in scoring, and they will need almost every one of them to meet or exceed their season averages tonight.
The Sharp Pick
As much as I want to go with the Huskies tonight, I can not bet against how well John Thompson has his team playing down the stretch. I know this season tells us to bet on UConn tonight with how it’s going, but alas I cannot. However it’s mainly because I see equal or better value in the total.
At only 123, I think this might be the route we need to go tonight to cash a winning college basketball picks ticket. The over has cashed in four of the last six meetings between these two teams that can get out and score, so I really like the over tonight.
I understand that the Hoyas will likely want to slow the game down, but in these high profile games, teams on the road sometimes forget the game plan. Slowing the game down worked against Syracuse, but it won’t tonight against the Huskies. Take the over.
My NBA Picks: OVER 123 @ 5Dimes sportsbook