(20-1, 15-5 ATS)
(16-5, 9-8 ATS)
Big East betting action doesn’t get much bigger than it is going to be on Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center, where the Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas will meet for the second time this season. Villanova continues to hold the best ATS mark in the entire country at 15-5 in spite of the fact that it failed to cover against Seton Hall on Tuesday night. Georgetown has been hot and cold, but it seems to play to the level of its competition. Case in point: The Hoyas lost 72-64 at home against South Florida in its last CBB betting affair, but was simply awesome in an 89-77 win against Duke last weekend.
HC Jay Wright may have the best guard tandem in the nation at his disposal. G Scottie Reynolds is simply one of the best in the business, as he is leading the team by scoring 18.5 points per game, and he’s doing so by shooting blistering percentages from the field (49.6% from the floor, 41.1% from downtown). His counterpart G Corey Fisher is just as dangerous, as he is averaging 13.2 points per game. As a team, the Wildcats are putting 85.0 points per game on the board this year, and they’ve put up at least 80 in every Big East wagering battle against teams not named Marquette.
This will be quite the challenge for a Georgetown defense that is surrendering just 63.2 points per game in ’09-’10. HC John Thompson III has to be concerned with the fact that his squad has allowed at least 70 points in three straight games and in five of its L/7. If the Hoyas are winning this game, C Greg Monroe is going to have to be a difference-maker. He is second in the team in scoring (15.4 points per game), and can absolutely dominate the paint against anyone in the nation. Monroe is averaging 9.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per night.
Georgetown found itself in a perfect storm during the week, so don’t let that loss to South Florida scare you. This is a team that is still hoping to notch that one signature win to tell the rest of the world that they are deserving to be in the discussion as a #1 or #2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas came up huge in the national spotlight against the Dookies at home last weekend, and they should do exactly the same thing this one against the #2 team in the country.
Selection: Georgetown Hoyas
Before losing on January 17th, the Hoyas had covered four of the previous five college basketball betting lines in this series. You can get on either side of the two-point spread in this basketball wagering duel right now at BetPhoenix!