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Georgetown vs. DePaul - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

DePaul Blue Demons (9-21) at Georgetown Hoyas (14-17)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Georgetown Hoyas -8 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The DePaul Blue Demons and Georgetown Hoyas will face off in the 1st round of the Big East Men’s Championship this Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

The DePaul Blue Demons struggled towards the end of the season as they lost 7 of their last 8 games, finishing the season with a 9-21 overall record and earned the 9-seed in the tournament with a 3-15 conference record. DePaul struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they currently rank 280th in the country in scoring offense and 256th in scoring defense. On the season, the Blue Demons have been led by Myke Henry who is averaging 13.9 ppg on 53.2% shooting while grabbing 6.2 rpg. Also chipping in for the Blue Demons has been Billy Garrett Jr. (12.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg), Eli Cain (10.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Tommy Hamilton IV (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Offensively, DePaul is averaging 68.0 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Demons average 5.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of -2.6. Defensively, DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 75.2 ppg on 44.0% shooting. The Blue Demons have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

Georgetown vs. DePaul - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgetown Hoyas had high hopes to be one of the top teams in the Big East this season but ended up being one of the more disappointing teams in the country as Georgetown finished their season with a 14-17 record and earned the 8-seed in the tournament with a 7-11 record. Georgetown lost their last six games of the regular season and although they have some great individual players, the team hasn’t been able to do anything special on either side of the court this season. On the season, the Hoyas have been led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera who is averaging 16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.5 spg. Also chipping in for the Hoyas has been L.J. Peak (12.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), Isaac Copeland (11.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Bradley Hayes (8.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Georgetown is averaging 74.0 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hoyas average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 41.1% shooting. The Hoyas average 4.6 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Blue Demons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hoyas are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games.

Georgetown had no issue defeating DePaul in both their matchups this season as they won by a 70-58 margin at DePaul and a 74-63 margin at home. Georgetown has had a down season however, L.J. Leak starting to play really well down the stretch, including 31 points against Villanova in their recent game against Villanova, and I think the leadership of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Isaac Copeland will be able to get the Hoyas another double digit win against DePaul. Take Georgetown to cover in this one. 

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