Georgetown Hoyas vs. Xavier Musketeers - 1/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (13-7) at Georgetown Hoyas (14-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Georgetown Hoyas -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Verizon Center to take on the Georgetown Hoyas this Tuesday night.
The Xavier Musketeers improved to 13-7 (4-4 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons this past Saturday. Xavier shot 57.4% from the field and outscored DePaul by a 47-26 margin in the second half for the victory. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Myles Davis who had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Xavier is ranked 33rd in the RPI Rankings and has played the 25th ranked SOS. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Matt Stainbrook (12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Trevon Bluiett (12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Xavier is averaging 77.8 ppg (ranked 20th) on 49.2% shooting (ranked 13th). The Musketeers average 17.0 apg (ranked 12th) and 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 70th). Xavier is allowing their opponents to averaging 68.6 ppg (ranked 237th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 237th). The Musketeers is allowing teams to shot 35.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 141st) and have a rebound margin of 4.0 (ranked 70th).
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The 21st ranked Georgetown Hoyas won their 4th straight and improved to 14-5 (4-4 Big East) on the season after beating the Marquette Golden Eagles 95-85 in overtime this past Saturday. Georgetown shot 42.9% (9-21) from long range and outrebounded Marquette by a 36-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoyas was Joshua Smith who had a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Georgetown is ranked 12th in the RPI Standings and has played the 4th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hoyas have been led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (15.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Joshua Smith (12.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Georgetown is averaging 73.1 ppg (ranked 60th) on 46.9% shooting (ranked 40th). The Hoyas shoot 71.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 94th) and grab 11.74 offensive rpg (ranked 102nd). Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 65.6 ppg (ranked 162nd) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 78th). The Hoyas average 5.4 bpg (ranked 21st) and 7.8 spg (ranked 47th).
The Musketeers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hoyas are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. the Big East.
Xavier defeated Georgetown 70-53 about a month ago as Georgetown really struggled offensively. Georgetown has been playing great as of late, however, I think Matt Stainbrook will cause Georgetown trouble and that Xavier’s offensive will be able to score enough to keep them in this one. I think this game will come down to the last few possessions and I think Xavier will keep one within the number. Take Xavier and the points.