College Basketball Picks: Providence Friars vs. Georgetown Hoyas

Providence Friars vs. Georgetown Hoyas
Monday, 2/10/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Georgetown -4
Current Betting Line:  Georgetown -5
Opening Total:  130.5
Current Total:  129.5
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The Georgetown Hoyas are 4-1 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

The Georgetown Hoyas are 4-1 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

Providence has dropped three of its last four games, including a 59-53 setback to the Xavier Musketeers as 6.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 139.5.  The Friars have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Bryce Cotton leading the way at 20.8 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  He’s trying to become the fifth player from a major conference to average 20 or more points and five or more assists since 2002.  Providence is 3-2 SUATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Friars have done a great job getting to the free throw line this season, which has been a major boost to their scoring due to knocking down 78.5 percent of their attempts in that situation.  Providence’s starting lineup accounts for 92 percent of the team’s scoring this season, with each member of that group averaging 30 or more minutes of playing time per contest.

Georgetown has won and covered the number in its last three contests, including a 71-63 victory over the Butler Bulldogs as 6.5-point home favorites last Saturday, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The Hoyas are led by the play of senior guard Markel Starks, who has started all 23 games and is averaging 37.0 minutes of playing time.  He has averaged 21.7 points and 4.2 assists over his last five affairs.  Georgetown is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Hoyas are 43-20 SU all-time against the Friars, including a 21-4 mark when playing at home.  Georgetown is averaging 33.2 points per game in the first half this season, but has picked up the scoring to pour in 36.9 points during the final 20 minutes of play during the 2013-14 campaign.  Sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is the key player to watch in the second half—averaging 9.5 points during that time period.

Sports bettors will likely back the Friars due to the road team going 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in this Big East Conference rivalry.

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