(21-9, 14-12 ATS)
(28-3, 19-8 ATS)
After two days of bubble-bursting action, two teams that know that they’re going to the NCAA Tournament square off in what could be one of the more competitive games of the day when the Syracuse Orange face the Georgetown Hoyas. Syracuse, the top seed in the Big East Tournament, enters this college basketball betting affair against the #8 seed, Georgetown, who dismissed South Florida 69-49 on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier this year, the ‘Cuse took out G’Town twice, winning 75-71 in Washington DC and 73-56 at the Carrier Dome.
The good news for Georgetown is that the team is shooting 49.6% from the floor on the season, the fourth best percentage in the nation. The bad news is the team is getting the least production from its bench in the entire country. This is a team that only goes three deep on the bench at best, but F Hollis Thompson, F Jerrelle Benimon, and C Henry Sims are only combining to put up 7.2 points per game. C Greg Monroe battled foul trouble during the entire game against South Florida, but he still scored 16 points and brought in eight boards, proving once again that he is one of the most feared big men in the nation.
The Orange have been waiting at home patiently while 12 other teams in the Big East beat each other up. This is one of the most deadly offenses in the nation, but there’s a big question regarding this team’s motivation. Last season, the Orange played an epic six overtime game in the Big East Tournament, only to ultimately get bounced in the Big East finale before posting a short run in the NCAA Tournament. HC Jim Boeheim had to learn from that experience. However, this year’s team is significantly deeper than the one of ’08-’09, as the Cuse have seven players on their squad that are averaging at least 8.3 points per game.
The Hoyas have to feel like they have something to prove in this one. They were swept by the Orange this year and have fallen from the #2 line down to a potential #4 seed. In order to move up from there, that’s going to require an upset of the #3 team in the nation. For Syracuse, the #1 seed in the South Region seems like it is a foregone conclusion regardless of what happens in this tournament. With all of that in mind, it’s hard to not like catching five points to boot.
Selection: Georgetown Hoyas
The Hoyas are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 neutral site games. Diamond Sportsbook currently has an NCAA basketball betting line of Georgetown +5. Be sure to find all of your March Madness betting lines there for the rest of the regular season and the NCAA Tournament!