College Basketball Predictions: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Monday, 11/19/12, 5:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Indiana -18.5
Current Betting Line:  Indiana -20.5
Opening Total:  132.5
Current Total:  134.5
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The Indiana Hoosiers should have no trouble blowing out the Georgia Bulldogs inside the Barclays Center on Monday night

Indiana will travel to Brooklyn for the final two rounds of the Progressive Legends Classic that will be played inside the brand new Barclays Center, coming off an impressive 99-45 win over Sam Houston as 30-point favorites.  “If we’re going to get to where we want to go, we can’t play 35 minutes,” commented Hoosiers senior Jordan Hulls.  The Hoosiers have gone 13-8 when playing in metro New York since 1972, while posting a perfect 9-0 ATS mark in November since 2010, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread.

The Hoosiers have eight or nine players that deserve to be in the starting lineup, as the bench is averaging 39.3 points and shooting 54.2 percent from the field in the early going.  Indiana is led by sophomore forward Cody Zeller, who was named the Consensus 2012-13 Preseason National Player of the Year, while also landing on the Preseason Wooden Award list.

Georgia has lost two games in a row, including a 62-60 overtime setback to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles as three-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for a second straight contest.  The Bulldogs made just 11 of 21 free-throw attempts, while shooting 37 percent from the field.  Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the player to watch on the offensive end, averaging 20.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.  Georgia is 9-14 ATS in non-conference action over the last two-plus years, while the UNDER is 16-5 in that situation.

The Bulldogs have lost all three all-time meetings with the Hoosiers, as they get set to face the top-ranked team in the nation for the 14th time in program history.  Georgia returned players that logged over 68 percent of its total minutes from a year ago, with the group accounting for 62 percent of the team’s scoring and 76 percent of its rebounding.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hoosiers due to their 11-2 ATS mark in non-conference action, while the Bulldogs are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games on a neutral floor.

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