College Basketball Predictions: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, 12/21/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -8.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -8.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Georgetown Hoyas are 30-28 SU all-time against Big 12 Conference opponents
The Georgetown Hoyas are 30-28 SU all-time against Big 12 Conference opponents

Georgetown has won six games in a row, including an 85-76 victory over Elon as 14-point home favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total of 136.  The Hoyas returned four starters from last year’s team, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions, considering the team has scored 80 or more points five times this season.  Sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is the key player to watch, as he’s averaging 16.9 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor.  Georgetown is 5-0 ATS versus Big 12 Conference foes.

The Hoyas rank fifth in the Big East Conference in scoring 76.6 points a contest, while they sit behind six teams in allowing 64.6 points per game.  Georgetown has compiled a 30-28 SU all-time record against Big 12 Conference foes, including a 1-1 mark versus Kansas.  The program won six of eight games versus ranked teams a season ago, which is hard to ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.

Kansas hasn’t played at Allen Fieldhouse in a span of 29 days, which is the longest such stretch in the Bill Self era.  The Jayhawks are outscoring foes by an average of 9.5 points a game, while winning the rebounding battle in nine of 10 contests.  True freshman guard Andrew Wiggins is the key player to watch in this matchup, as he’s averaging a team-high 15.9 points per game, while sophomore forward Perry Ellis is next in line at 14.1.  Kansas is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games versus Big East foes.

The Jayhawks have held every opponent under 50 percent shooting this season, while they’ve made 39.4 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc on the offensive end.  Kansas’ bench has outscored its opponents’ reserves in eight of 10 games and is averaging 26.6 points per game as a unit.  The program is 164-8 SU under Bill Self at this venue, including wins in its last 66 games versus non-conference opponents.

Sports bettors will likely back the Jayhawks due to their 13-6 ATS mark in their last 19 home games.

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