NCAA Basketball Picks Georgia +9.5 vs. George Wahington

Jeff Grant

Friday, January 3, 2014 1:16 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 1:16 PM GMT

The George Washington Colonials haven’t had much success against SEC opponents, which is important to consider as they prepare to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Friday. Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this non-conference matchup.

Second true road game

Georgia suffered a 84-70 setback to the Colorado Buffaloes in its first true road game of the season last time out, but it managed to cover the number, as 15.5-point underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds, due to shooting 50 percent from the field.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Bulldogs are 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.

Disappointing result

George Washington had its six-game winning streak snapped in dropping a 72-55 decision to the Kansas State Wildcats as 4.5-point road underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

College basketball handicappers might anticipate a bounce-back effort in this spot, considering the Colonials have won their last seven home games dating back to the 2012-13 campaign.

Read our sportsbook reviews before placing your bets!

Shooting the basketball

The Bulldogs rank 39th nationally in field goal percentage, which has led to them averaging nearly 13 points more per game than a season ago.

Georgia has four players averaging double figures, with sophomore guard Charles Mann leading the way at 13.2 points a contest, while forward Nemanja Djurisic provides a lift from the bench at 11.4.

From long distance

The Colonials will try to gain revenge from last year’s 52-41 loss to the Bulldogs as four-point road underdogs, as they shot just 24.6 percent from the field and missed all 12 shots from beyond the arc.

George Washington leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in three-point shooting percentage, with guard Maurice Creek knocking down 36 shots from that distance during the 2013-14 campaign thus far.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bulldogs as their NCAA basketball pick for this one, as the Colonials have gone 0-7 SUATS in their last seven games versus SEC opponents.

College Basketball Pick: Georgia Bulldogs +9.5

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