Georgetown vs. Eastern Washington - NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Washington Eagles (26-8) at Georgetown Hoyas (21-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Georgetown Hoyas -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The (13) Eastern Washington Eagles and (4) Georgetown Hoyas will battle in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament this Thursday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Eastern Washington Eagles finished the season with a 26-8 record and won the Big Sky Conference tournament to earn their NCAA Tournament bid by defeating the Montana Grizzlies 69-65. The Eagles have won five straight games and have the leading scorer in the country in Tyler Harvey. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Tyler Harvey (22.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg) and Venky Jois (16.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg). Eastern Washington is ranked 78th in the RPI Standings and 137th in the BPI rankings. Eastern Washington is averaging 80.8 ppg (ranked 3rd) on 48.0% shooting (ranked 20th). The Eagles average 9.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 6th) on 40.3% three-point shooting (ranked 9th). Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing opponents to average 73.6 ppg (ranked 324th) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 269th). The Eagles have a turnover margin of 1.5 (ranked 72nd) and allow their opponents to shoot 38.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 335th).
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The Georgetown Hoyas finished the regular season with 21-10 record (12-6 Big East) and lost in the semifinals of the Big East tournament, 65-63, to the Xavier Musketeers. The Hoyas have won 6 of their last 8 games which included a solid 60-54 win over the Butler Bulldogs. On the season, Georgetown has been led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg) and Joshua Smith (11.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1spg). The Hoyas are ranked 25th in the RPI Standings and 20th in the RPI Standings. Georgetown is averaging 70.7 ppg (ranked 87th) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 80th). The Hoyas are averaging 12.6 turnovers per game (ranked 182nd) and average 5.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 225th). Defensively, Georgetown is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg (ranked 131st) on 40.3% shooting (ranked 64th). The Hoyas are allowing teams to shoot 35.9% from beyond the arc (ranked 264th) and commit 20.2 personal fouls per game (ranked 295th).
The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. The Hoyas are 6-0 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss however, are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA games overall.
Eastern Washington has the top scorer in the country and one of the best scoring offensives that can really light it up from beyond the arc. Georgetown has a defensive that is long and athletic and although they are averaging about 70 ppg, they have been inconsistent on offensive as they demonstrated against Xavier. Eastern Washington was able to defeat Indiana on Indiana's home court and I think the Eagles will be a popular upset pick when people are filling out their brackets. At worse, I think Eastern Washington will be able to keep this one close with the three-pointer and I'm taking the Eagles and the points in this one.