George Washington Colonials vs. Georgia Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/3/14
Georgia Bulldogs (6-5) at George Washington Colonials (11-2)
College Basketball: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)
The Line: George Washington Colonials -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Bulldogs visit our nation’s capital for a showdown with the George Washington Colonials Friday night at 7PM from the Smith Center.
Georgia is 6-5 on the season and recently fell to #21 Colorado on the road 74-60. The Bulldogs shot the ball well throughout the contest but were abused up front as Colorado outrebounded them by 14 and held most all of Georgia’s front court in check. The Bulldogs finished the game 50% from the field but struggled mightily at the line where they finished 50% as well. Kenny Gaines led the way with 12 points and Djurisic added 12 off the bench. Georgia managed to rack up 9 steals against a pretty solid Buffalo backcourt but were hindered mightily by their own backcourt who racked up just 7 total assists for the game. The Bulldogs will need to find a consistent approach on offense with SEC play looming.
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George Washington is off to a great start this year as they sit at 11-2 and appear primed to compete for an A-10 title this season. The Colonials have a few quality wins early on this season to hang their hat on but failed to get another one this past week as they fell to a solid K-State team 72-55. George Washington shot the ball 17-50 from the field and just 3-15 from deep -- two areas where they have been pretty solid this year. At the line, the Colonials were just 60% as well. Kethan Savage and Maurice Creek combined for 27 points to pace a Colonials offense who has been pretty productive so far this season. GW finished the game with 11 assists and 14 turnovers. This contest with Georgia serves as GW’s final tune up before a trip to LaSalle kicks off conference play.
Some trends to consider -- Georgia is 8-20 against the spread in their last 28 Friday games and GW is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last 8 at home.
George Washington has been a real surprise this season and has proven on a few occassions already that they are more than capable of upsetting higher major opponents. Georgia has a lot of glaring holes on their roster and may be a year or two away from being a reliable team on the road. I like Isiah Armwood to have this way up front for GW as they pull away in the second half for the cover and win at home.