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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Georgetown Hoyas Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

Georgetown Hoyas (7-2) at Kansas Jayhawks (7-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The 7-2 Georgetown Hoyas face their stiffest test of the young season Saturday as they visit the 18th ranked Kansas Jayhawks at noon on ESPN.

Georgetown notched their 7th win this  year this past week with a 85-76 home win over the Elon Phoenix.  The Hoyas had to buckle up on defense in the second half to overcome a one point halftime deficit to Elon as they pulled away for the win.  Market Starks hit some big buckets late and finished with a game high 21 points for the contest.  D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 19 and big man Josh Smith finished with 18, but pulled down just 2 rebounds -- a shocking statistic for the big man who should be able to easily reach double digit boards against the likes of Elon.  Georgetown finished the game with just a 1 rebound advantage total but were able to overcome that statistic by shooting an efficient 53.8% from the field.  

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Georgetown Hoyas Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

Kansas, a consensus top 5 team once the season started followed up a very surprising two game losing streak by making easy work of a solid New Mexico squad this week 80-63.  Perry Ellis scored 21 points and ripped down 9 rebounds for the Jayhawks and Joel Embiid added 11 18 points and 6 boards, as well as a game high 4 blocks.  The Jayhawks highly touted freshman, Andrew Wiggins finished with 11.  Kansas’s defense forced the Lobos into 7 steals and 7 blocks and the Jayhawks offense turned it over just 9 times for the game.  After their showdown with Georgetown, the Jayhawks will face lowly Toledo before their schedule really heats up heading into Big 12 play.

Some trends to consider -- Georgetown is 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 against the Big 12 and Kansas is 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 home games.

This game should be solid from start to finish and I expect Georgetown’s style of play to keep them in this one for most of the game.  The key matchup is in the front court where Nate Lubick and Josh Smith will have to be stronger on the boards to try and neutralize Ellis and Embiid.  Ultimately, I think Kansas’s depth and strong homecourt advantage at Allen Fieldhouse are the difference as the Jayhawks snag a quality win and the cover at home.

Kansas -8.5

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