Marquette vs. Georgetown - 3/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgetown Hoyas (14-15) at Marquette Golden Eagles (18-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds
The Georgetown Hoyas will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Georgetown Hoyas lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 14-15 (7-9 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Butler Bulldogs, 90-87 in OT, this past Saturday. Georgetown was able to fight back from a 46-37 halftime deficit to force OT after Isaac Copeland hit three FT’s at the end of regulation, however, couldn’t get the victory in OT. Georgetown shot 49.2% from the field but loss the turnover battle by a 23-8 margin. The Hoyas held the Bulldogs to 42.9% shooting from the field and outrebounded Butler by a 42-32 margin. Leading the way for Georgetown was D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Hoyas have been led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 spg), L.J. Peak (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Isaac Copeland (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Georgetown is averaging 73.6 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field and 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hoyas average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have and assist/turnover ratio of 1.10. Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Hoyas average 4.7 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -2.0.
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The Marquette Golden Eagles had their two game winning streak snapped and dropped to 18-11 (7-9 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 3rd ranked Villanova Wildcats, 89-79, this past Saturday. Marquette was able to keep the game competitive but couldn’t make much of a comeback after allowing the Wildcats to go on an 8-0 run early in the 2nd half to take a double-digit lead. Marquette shot 51.9% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles allowed the Wildcats to shoot 57.7% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from three-point range. Leading the way for Marquette was Haanif Cheatham who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Henry Ellenson (16.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 bpg), Luke Fischer (12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 bpg), and Duane Wilson (11.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, Marquette is averaging 75.2 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field and 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08. Defensively, Marquette is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Golden Eagles average 4.6 blocks per game and 7.9 steals per game.
The Hoyas are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Georgetown looked as if they were going to be an NCAA team on paper to begin the season however, have been nothing more than average on both sides of the ball and haven’t gotten as much production as expected from their incoming class. Marquette has one of the best front court duos in the country in Henry Ellenson and Luke Fisher and has been solid on the offensive end ranking 63rd in the country in FG%. Georgetown has just a 4-6 record on the road this season and as they just don’t seem to be playing with a lot of energy as of late, I think Marquette and their big men will have no problem covering this small spread at home. Take Marquette to cover.