NCAA Basketball Picks: Georgetown vs. Syracuse

Joe Freda

Saturday, February 23, 2013 2:26 PM GMT

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 2:26 PM GMT

This game has Big East Title implications. Will the Hoyas be able to stay hot or will the confines of Carrier Dome help the Orange collect?

The No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas have surged in Big East Conference play, racking up an 11-1 spread record over their last 12 games. John Thompson III’s troops head north for Saturday afternoon’s matchup with the No. 8 Syracuse Orange, who have held foes to 56.4 PPG in their last seven home dates.

Orange, Fair crush Providence

Syracuse notched their fourth win in five games with Wednesday’s 84-59 triumph over Providence College, cashing for my followers as 12-point home ‘chalk.’  The Orange held Providence to 34.8 percent field shooting, while outrebounding the Friars, 35-29.

Orange forward C.J. Fair picked up his third double-double in five games, finishing with team-highs of 20 points and 10 boards. Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams recorded 12 of his side’s 18 assists, while Rakeem Christmas notched three blocks in 16 minutes of action. 

The lopsided battle’s combined 143 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 137, moving the OVER to 3-1 in Syracuse’s last four games. Orange senior James Southerland drained 3-of-3 buckets beyond the arc, while he and his mates hit 19-of-25 free throws.

Hoyas, Lubick thrash DePaul

Georgetown’s latest victory came in Wednesday’s 90-66 win as a 13-point home favorite against the DePaul Blue Demons. The Hoyas shot a stellar 63.5 percent from the floor, including a 9-for-15 mark from three-point land.

Hoyas guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera piled in a season-high 33 points, while mate Nate Lubick grabbed eight rebounds. Georgetown’s Otto Porter and Jabril Trawick logged two steals each, uniting for 24 points.

The blowout matchup’s combined 156 points soared beyond the ‘total’ of 137 ½, lifting the OVER to 4-2 in the Hoyas’ last six contests. Georgetown held DePaul to 38.5 percent field shooting, with sophomore Jabil Trawick notching two of his squad’s seven blocks.

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Back the Orange at home

Bookmaker.eu opened Syracuse as a seven-point home favorite, with some shops dropping the number a ‘hook’ to 6 ½. The ‘total’ was first set at 122, moving north to 123 after early OVER wagers.

I am laying the points here with the Orange, staying onboard with Jim Boeheim’s crew as part of Saturday’s sports picks. Georgetown is a step up in class from the Friars, but the Hoyas have been held to 61.6 PPG in their six road dates of conference play.

The rebounding battle between Syracuse’s C.J. Fair and Georgetown’s Otto Porter will be what to watch here as hard-fought possessions come at a premium. Fair has grabbed double-digit boards in his last two games, while Porter has drifted and may not be 100 percent due to a knee injury.

Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas saw limited action in last February’s 64-61 overtime win for Syracuse over the Hoyas, but have moved on this season to rank among the Big East’s leaders in assists (8.2 APG) and blocks (2.1 BPG), respectively. The Orange have collected at 5-2 ATS in their last seven home dates, while coming in with a 4-1 spread record in their last five battles with conference foes.

Syracuse and its blowout wins have not overvalued the squad at betting windows, cashing with a 7-1 ATS mark in its last eight spots that came after victory of more than 20 points. Look for the Orange to bring the hot Hoyas to a halt here, picking up another sizable victory at home for your NCAA basketball picks

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