Duquesne Dukes at Georgetown Hoyas
Sunday, 11/11/12, 6:30 PM EST, TV: ESPNU
Opening Point Spread: Georgetown -15
Current Betting Line: Georgetown -14.5
Opening Total: 128.5
Current Total: 129
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Duquesne is in its first season under head coach Jim Ferry, who led LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. The Dukes return two starters from last year’s 16-15 team, as they look to bounce back from a 69-66 loss to Albany on Friday. The last time the program has opened with back-to-back road games was during the 1990-91 campaign. Duquesne is 5-2 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 4-2 in that situation. Sports bettors need to be careful in backing this squad as one of their college basketball predictions on Sunday night.
The Dukes are led offensively by guard Sean Johnson, who led the team in scoring 10 times in 2012 and has 900 career points. Johnson went 42-of-114 (.368) from the three-point area last year in making the transition from being the team’s sixth man to a starter. Duquesne finished last year ranked third nationally in turnover margin, with only VCU and Syracuse finishing with a larger margin.
Georgetown was only able to complete a half in its season opener against Florida, as the game was halted after the first 20 minutes due to condensation on the floor aboard the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport. The Hoyas enter the year with two starters and nine letterwinners returning to a team that was picked to finish in fifth place in the Big East Conference. The roster features zero seniors and has a combined group of 10 freshmen and sophomores. Georgetown is 9-1 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons.
The Hoyas will need to get big production out of Otto Porter Jr. to have a successful season, as the sophomore forward averaged 9.7 points and led the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. Georgetown also has two experienced players in Nate Lubick and Markel Starks, who combined to score 10.6 points last year. These two programs will be meeting for the 14th time, with Sunday’s host winning 10 of the previous 13 contests.
Sports bettors will likely back the Hoyas due to their 4-1 ATS mark at home, while the Dukes are 2-8 ATS versus Big East opponents.
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