NCAA Basketball Picks: Georgetown vs. Notre Dame

Joe Freda

Monday, January 21, 2013 12:42 PM GMT

Will the Notre Dame Fighting Irish get revenge here or can the Georgetown Hoyas cash an NCAAB betting ticket in South Bend? Find out which way we have decided to lean with our NCAA Basketball picks tonight.

The Georgetown Hoyas have notched a 3-2 spread record in their five contests of Big East Conference play, holding foes to 59.8 PPG. John Thompson III’s troops head west for Monday’s matchup with the No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who logged a 59-41 loss as six-point road dogs against the Hoyas, last February.

Irish, Cooley get past Rutgers

Notre Dame ended a two-game losing skid with Saturday’s 69-66 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, while failing to cash as 11 ½-point home ‘chalk.’ The Fighting Irish shot 49 percent from the field, while sinking 15-of-17 free throws.

Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley notched team-highs of 19 points and 10 boards, picking up his fourth double-double in seven games. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant logged 10 of his squad’s 19 assists, while guard Pat Connaughton drilled 4-of-6 buckets beyond the arc en route to 17 points.

The contest’s combined135 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 140, moving the UNDER to 4-0 in Notre Dame’s last four matchups. Fighting Irish mates Scott Martin and Eric Atkins recorded two steals each, while Notre Dame was outrebounded, 27-23.

Hoyas, Porter blow lead in Tampa

Georgetown saw a 31-23 halftime lead erased in Saturday’s 61-58 setback against the South Florida Bulls, while holding on to collect as a four-point road dog. The Hoyas held South Florida to a 39.2 percent night from the floor, while logging 15 turnovers compared to the Bulls’ four. 

Hoyas forward Otto Porter put up 21 points, knocking down 8-of-14 field buckets. Georgetown’s Nate Lubick grabbed a team-high 10 boards, helping his squad edge out the Bulls in boards, 30-21.

The battle’s combined 119 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 111, lifting the OVER to 3-1 in the Hoyas’ last four contests. Georgetown drained 7-of-18 shots outside the arc, while connecting 7-of-10 free throws.

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Back the Hoyas as road dogs 

NCAA Baskebtall odds boards first opened Notre Dame as a 6 ½-point home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 122 ½. Early wagers on Georgetown and the UNDER dropped the numbers to six and 121 ½, respectively.

Hoyas forward Greg Whittington (12.1 PPG, 7 RPG) has missed three games due to a suspension and remains out indefinitely.

I am tailing the betting ‘steam’ here and adding Georgetown with the points to my daily free sports picks. The Hoyas have held their opposition to 50.5 PPG in their last four games away from home, collecting with a 3-1 spread record in that span. 

Otto Porter’s scoring has picked up without Whittington in the Hoyas’ lineup, notching 20 PPG in that span’s trio of duels. The sophomore has also added 28 boards over the stretch, moving him to sixth in rebounding (7.6 RPG) among Big East rivals.

Notre Dame is in the midst of a 0-3 ATS skid at college basketball betting windows, including a pair of losing tickets at home. The Fighting Irish have seen their octane dip since conference play began, held to 64 PPG over their last four battles.

Look for Georgetown to get the money here in a tight contest, adding to the team’s 4-1 ATS mark in its last five spots that followed a defeat. 

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Georgetown Hoyas +6