Big East/SEC Challenge: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Georgetown Hoyas at No. 12 Alabama Crimson Tide
Thursday, 12/1/11, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Alabama -8
Current Betting Line:  Alabama -7.5
Opening Total:  126.5
Current Total:  131.5
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are 24-26 all-time versus Big East Conference opponents

Georgetown has won three straight games and comes off an 81-58 victory over IUPUI on Monday.  The Hoyas will be meeting the Crimson Tide for the fifth time, with each schools collecting a pair of victories, picking up a 70-60 win on a neutral floor during the 2007-08 season as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge.  The roster is extremely young on this squad, possessing 10 freshmen and sophomores.  Georgetown is 18-6 ATS in non-conference action the last two-plus years.

The Hoyas are averaging 82.0 points per game and have beaten opponents by an average of 19.8 points a contest.  Senior guard Jason Clark has the most experience of any player on the roster, playing in 103 career games.  He was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team, leading all players with 69 points, averaging 23 points a contest.  Georgetown is 39-7 in the month of December since John Thompson III took over as head coach prior to the 2004-05 season.  The team brought back two starters from last year’s team.

Alabama is set to finish up a three-game homestand Thursday and will put its perfect 7-0 record on the line.  The Crimson Tide tallied a 72-64 win over the VCU Rams last time out, failing to cover the 14.5-point spread at home, while going over the posted total of 125.  Head coach Anthony Grant was pleased with his team’s effort after going into the break with a one-point deficit.  “During the last four or five minutes of the game, our guys really stepped up on the defensive end,” Grant stated after the game.  Alabama is 25-12 ATS as a favorite over the last two-plus seasons.

The Crimson Tide are led by a defense that allows just 52.6 points per game, which is eighth-best nationally.  Alabama has allowed just two of its opponents to reach the 60-point mark.  Senior guard Jamychal Green leads the team in averaging 15.5 points per game and scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the second half of last week’s game.  The program has tallied a 24-26 all-time mark against Big East Conference opponents, but 31 of those meetings came on neutral courts.

Bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to their 14-3-1 ATS mark as a home favorite, while the Hoyas are 1-6 ATS versus winning teams.

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