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Providence Friars vs. Georgetown Hoyas - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgetown Hoyas (10-4) at Providence Friars (12-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)

The Line: Providence Friars -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Georgetown Hoyas and Providence Friars will face off at the Dunkin Donuts Center this Saturday afternoon.

The Georgetown Hoyas improved to 10-4 (2-1 Big East) on the season after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 65-59 this past Tuesday. The Hoyas shot 40.4% from the field and 82.1% from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for Georgetown was Joshua Smith who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Hoyas are currently ranked 30th in the RPI Standings and have played the 15th ranked SOS. On the season, Georgetown has been led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (14.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg) and Joshua Smith (12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg). Georgetown is averaging 72.9 ppg (ranked 69th) on 47.5% shooting (ranked 43rd). The Hoyas commit an average of 13.9 turnovers per game (ranked 233rd).   Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 65.1 ppg (ranked 161st) on 39.6% shooting (ranked 74th). The Hoyas are averaging 5.4 bpg (ranked 31st) and 8.1 spg (ranked 50th).

Providence Friars vs. Georgetown Hoyas - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Providence Friars improved to 12-4 (2-1 Big East) after defeating the Butler Bulldogs 66-62 this past Tuesday. The Friars shot 48.9% from the field and held the Bulldogs to just 33.9% shooting from the field. Leading the way for Providence was Kris Dunn who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 rebounds. The Friars are currently ranked 15th in the RPI Standings and have played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, Providence has been led by LaDontae Henton (21.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 spg) and Kris Dunn (13.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 7.3 apg, 2.6 spg). Offensively, the Friars are averaging 69.7 ppg (ranked 138th) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 85th). Providence is averaging 15.2 apg (ranked 56th). Defensively, the Friars are holding their opponents to an average of 62.0 ppg (ranked 90th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 124th). Providence is averaging 5.4 bpg (ranked 25th) and 7.4 spg (ranked 94th). The Flairs average 24.25 defensive rpg (ranked 163rd) and 35.13 total rpg (ranked 177th).

The Hoyas are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Friars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win.

Providence plays very well at home and I think their defensive is going to cause Georgetown lots of problems. I'm surprised to see the line this low as I thought Providence would be favored by at least 5 or 6. I think the Friars will pull away in the second half of this one and cover this spread. Take Providence to cover the spread!

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Providence Friars -2.5

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