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Georgetown Hoyas vs. Providence Friars Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/10/14

Providence Friars (16-8) at Georgetown Hoyas (14-9)

College Basketball: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Georgetown Hoyas -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports One

The Providence Friars and the Georgetown Hoyas square off in a key big east contest Monday night at 7PM from the Verizon Center.

Providence lost game number two in a row Saturday at Xavier 59-53.  The Friars loss pushes them back towards the middle of the pack in the big east -- the Friars have now let two straight opportunities to separate themselves in the standings allude them. Providence shot the ball poorly in this contest, finishing the game with 37% from the field and just 31% from behind the arc.  Bryce Cotton played all 40 minutes but was defended very effectively by Xavier and finished with just 9 points on 4-11 shooting -- one of his worst outings of the season.  The trip to DC is about as close to a must win for the Friars as they could have at this stage of conference play.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Providence Friars Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/10/14

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Georgetown continues to dig out of the hole they dug themselves early on this season and they now are just 1 game under .500 in big east play.  Saturday, the Hoyas were able to hold off Butler at home, 71-63.  The win was the Hoyas third straight and they were led by the play of their backcourt as Smith-Rivera and Starks combined for 37 points and 8 assists.  On defense, the Hoyas held Butler to just 40% shooting overall and they made Butler’s bench a non-factor -- the Bulldogs got just 7 total points from their reserves.  A big road trip, with winnable games at Seton Hall and St. John’s looms for the Hoyas after this contest.

This game features two very solid backcourts and I expect it to be a slug it out, big east affair.  Look for the Providence forwards to be the difference in this one.  I like Henton and Batts to come up big down low against the weak Georgetown front court with 25+ combined points and a dominant effort on the glass as Providence gets the road cover and a much needed win to halt their current losing streak.

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