NCAA Basketball Picks: Pittsburgh vs. Georgetown

Joe Freda

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 2:02 PM GMT

Will the Georgetown Bulldogs bounce back here or will the Pittsburgh Panthers end their slide? Find out which team we believe will pull through for our NCAAB picks tonight.

The No. 19 Georgetown Hoyas saw their seven-game winning streak end with Saturday’s 49-48 defeat to the Marquette Golden Eagles, while collecting as 3 ½-point road dogs. John Thompson III’s squad returns home for Tuesday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Panthers, who are 0-2 ATS in their first two Big East Conference battles.

Hoyas, Whittington edged out in Milwaukee

Saturday’s setback for Georgetown saw the Hoyas held to 39.1 percent field shooting, while being outrebounded, 34-25. Hoyas Forward Greg Whittington missed the final of three late free throws, avoiding a chance to take his squad to overtime.

Whittington finished with 13 points, while logging a team-high eight boards. Georgetown’s Markel Starks knocked down 7-of-12 shots from the floor en route to 18 points and seven assists.

The tight affair’s combined 97 points plunged UNDER the ‘total’ of 127 ½, with the Hoyas allowing Marquette to connect at 36.4 percent from the floor. Whittington added two of his side’s three blocks, while Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins and Jabril Trawick notched three steals each. 

Panthers,Woodall upset at Rutgers

Pittsburgh’s latest defeat came in Saturday’s 67-62 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who cashed for my followers as 7 ½-point home dogs. The Panthers saw Rutgers connect from the field at a 51.2 percent clip, including a 6-for-14 mark from three-point land. 

Panthers guard Tray Woodall notched 11 points, while adding eight of his squad’s 16 assists. Pittsburgh’s J.J. Moore and Dante Taylor grabbed four boards each, with Moore scoring a team-high 14 points.

The contest’s combined 129 points leaped above the closing ‘total’ of 127, making the OVER 2-0 in the Panthers’ first pair of Big East Conference battles. Pittsburgh was edged out in rebounds, 31-21, while sinking 12-of-17 free throws.

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Back the Hoyas as short faves

The NCAA Basketball odds at Bookmaker.eu opened Pittsburgh as a one-point road favorite, with early wagers on Georgetown shifting the Hoyas to be two-point ‘chalk.’  The ‘total’ was first set at 115, with NCAAB oddsmakers expecting a low-octane affair. 

I am laying the short number with the Hoyas here, tailing the early ‘steam’ with my NCAA Basketball picks tonight. Georgetown has a 5-1 spread record in its last six spots that came after a defeat, while holding foes to a stingy 51.1 PPG at home this year.

Georgetown’s Otto Porter and Greg Whittington rank as two of the Big East’s top seven rebounders, grabbing 7.5 and 7.4 RPG, respectively. Pittsburgh has failed to win the rebounding battle in either of its conference affairs and should be in for another tough battle on the boards here. 

The Panthers showed their home-road disparity in their loss to Rutgers, dropping to connect from the floor at just 37.5 percent. Last March’s 64-52 defeat at Madison Square Garden to the Hoyas saw Pitt held to 36.7 percent. 

Porter hit 7-of-11 from the field for Georgetown en route to 20 points in March’s affair, giving his squad a cashed ticket as a 5 ½-point favorite. Look for the Hoyas to pick up another win here, laying a low premium at home.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Georgetown Hoyas -2 (Bookmaker.eu)