NCAA Basketball Picks: Xavier vs. Georgetown

Ross Benjamin

Friday, March 13, 2015 2:43 PM GMT

The Big East Semifinals take place tonight & we have our NCAA Basketball pick ready to share for Xavier vs. Georgetown. Will Xavier be complacent with a Tournament bid already in hand?

Xavier Looking for a 3-0 Sweep of Georgetown
The Xavier Musketeers will look to take down the #23 ranked Georgetown Hoyas tonight in the Big East Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The opening tip is slated for 9:30 PM ET. According to the college basketball betting odds at Bovada, Georgetown is a 2.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 135.0. Xavier won both games versus Georgetown this season by scores of 70-53 at home, and 66-53 on the road. Both contests easily went under the total by a fairly large margin.

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Xavier Solidifying NCAA Tournament Chances
Xavier is coming of wins of 74-73 over Creighton and 67-61 over #21 Butler during the previous two days of the Big East Tournament. Now they’ll face the tough task tonight of attempting to defeat a nationally ranked opponent for the third time in the same season. That would certainly seem like a monumental feat for an unranked team (Xavier). Considering that the Musketeers entered the Big East Tournament on a two game losing streak, and has gone just 4-5 in their final nine regular season games, you would have to think they’re very pleased to be in this position tonight. By virtue of their first round and quarterfinals wins, Xavier would seem to be a virtual lock for the 2015 NCAA Tournament regardless of what occurs tonight.

 

Hoyas Seek Big Time Revenge
Although Kentucky’s John Calipari is a mortal lock for national coach of the year honors, Georgetown’s John Thompson III should at the least get a mention in that regard. The Hoyas have had a banner year thus far as evidenced by their stellar record of 21-9 record and current national ranking. However, they have a small order of business tonight that they would love to take care of. They’ll be playing with huge revenge stemming from two inexplicable lopsided defeats at the hands of tonight’s opponent (Xavier). If I can borrow an old cliché regarding tonight’s game, “beware of the wounded animal”. I’m of the opinion that NCAA basketball odds favorite Georgetown will be more motivated, fresher, and tasting their own blood versus their conference rival tonight.

 

Final Analysis
Evidently the general public has taken note of the two regular season results between these teams, and they must think they’re robbing the bank with the huge amount of wagers coming in on the underdog thus far. It’s never as easy as it looks when it comes to sports betting. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Xavier is an absolute sucker play tonight. I’m siding with the Hoyas for one of my NCAA Basketball Picks on Friday.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Play on Georgetown -2.0 over Xavier  at 5Dimes