Georgetown Hoyas vs. Villanova Wildcats Picks: 2011 College Basketball Picks

Georgetown Hoyas
(15-5, 12-7 ATS)

Villanova Wildcats
(17-3, 10-6-1 ATS)

Big East basketball has taken some dramatic turns over the course of the last few weeks, and the college basketball betting world might once again end up flipping on Saturday, as the Villanova Wildcats take on the Georgetown Hoyas in the City of Brotherly Love.

Georgetown is really getting no respect in this one, but it has won three straight games both SU and ATS. However, there hasn’t been any competition like it is going to see here on Saturday, especially on the road. Still, there’s no denying the fact that the Hoyas are legit, as Austin Freeman and company have a ton of talent. Freeman is averaging 18.2 points per game this year, and though this is a number that has come down quite a bit in Big East play, his scoring average is still very healthy. He, Jason Clark, and Chris Wright make up one of the best backcourts in the country. Clark is averaging 12.9 points per game, while Jason Clark is averaging 12.8 points per game. In the paint, Julian Vaughn is in control, and in spite of the fact that he really doesn’t have tremendous stats. He is averaging 8.7 points and 6.5 boards per game, but he is capable of a double-double in any given game, and it seems like the bigger the game, the better he plays.

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Villanova has to be glad to be back at home after three straight roadies. And my, what an interesting road trip it was! The Wildcats did beat the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome in one of the most shocking results of the year. However, losses against the Providence Friars and the Connecticut Huskies were downers to say the least. Still, this is a fundamental offensive team, as it is scoring 76.5 points per game this year. The Cats are shooting 77.6 percent from the foul line as well, ranking No. 7 in the land. Both Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher are dominating on the outside, and this should set up a great showdown against the G-Town guards. Fisher is averaging 15.6 points per game, while Stokes, a more pure scorer, is at 15.4 points per game. Maalik Wayns continues to impress as well, scoring 14.1 points per game. Antonio Pena is coming on strong, and he is inching closer to a double-double per game this year at 10.2 points and 7.5 boards per night.

Is Villanova really this good? We’re really not so sure about Head Coach Jay Wright’s team this year, but we are more sold that the Hoyas are legit. These two teams look like mirror images of each other, and there is a good chance that the end result ends up being very, very close. We’ll have to take the points in hopes of the upset on the NCAA basketball odds.

NCAA Basketball Free Pick: Villanova Wildcats

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