NCAA Basketball Showdown: (1) Indiana Hoosiers vs. Georgetown Hoyas(1) Indiana vs Georgetown
TV: ESPN, 10 PM EST
Spread: IND -8.5
M/L: IND -425, GEO +355
This game is going to receive a lot of hype due to the fact that these teams haven’t met in 33 years and both are very good programs. The last time they met, Mister Isiah Thomas was playing for the Hoosiers.
Now the story is big man Cody Zeller. Zeller is averaging 14.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game this season, and bigger things are likely to come for the center, who is projected to be a top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Hoosiers have leaped out to a 4-0 start and are ready to rebound from a win in which they struggled badly in the first half to a much inferior Georgia team last night. They trailed at the half after shooting 8-of-25 in the first half, but came back in the final half of the game to hit 14-of-24 and they came away with the W.
“We just missed some shots. The thing that hurt us more was the eight turnovers. We could never get the pace going the way we wanted and give Georgia credit for that,” coach Tom Crean said. “There weren’t many shots we’d take back, just a couple. It happens at home, on the road, here. It just happens.”
As good as Zeller has been, Victor Oladipo has been even better. He hit 11-of15 from the floor in the last two games , scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the contests. Tom Crean said he’s “one of the best defenders around,” yet cited he is not given enough credit for the other developing aspects of his game.
Georgetown, meanwhile, will rely heavily on Otto Porter, who had a great all around game against UCLA. He posted 18 points, 11 boards, five assists, five blocks, and three steals in the game. He’s just a sophomore and is quickly becoming known as one of the best big men in the nation.
“Otto’s first full game…and look at the stat sheet.” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.
Georgetown guard Markel Stokes also should be big tonight. He put up a career high 23 points after scoring just 12 the first two games of the season.
This game marks the first game for the Hoyas against a top ranked opponent since 2007, when they lost to Ohio State in the Final Four.
Indiana Betting Trends:
Hoosiers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 following an ATS loss, and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games.
Georgetown Betting Trends:
Hoyas are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games, 37-18-1 ATS in their last 56 non-conference games, and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 following an ATS win.