Georgetown University Hoyas (10-3) at Butler Bulldogs (9-4)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -10 -- Over/Under: 150.5
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The Georgetown Hoyas will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Georgetown Hoyas won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-3 on the season after defeating the Howard Bison, 102-67, this past Saturday. Georgetown was outstanding defensively agianst the Bison and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 40-26 halftime lead. Georgetown shot 52.2% from the field while holding Howard to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 21.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hoyas was Jessie Govan who had a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assist, & 2 steals.
On the season, Georgetown is averaging 82.4 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Hoyas are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgetown has been led by Jessie Govan (18.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), James Akinjo (14.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.5 apg), Mac McClung (12.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Josh LeBlanc (9.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg).
Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Hoyas have a rebound margin of 6.5 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Butler Bulldogs had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-4 on the season after being defeated by the Florida Gators, 77-43, this past Saturday. Butler seemed like they forgot that they were playing a basketball game early in this one and couldn’t fight back after Florida scored the first 21 points of the game. Butler shot 30.6% from the field & 20.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Kamar Baldwin who had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.
On the season, Butler is averaging 72.4 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Kamar Baldwin (15.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Paul Jorgensen (14.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), Sean McDermott (10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg), and Aaron Thompson (6.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 64.5 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Hoyas are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points, however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Georgetown has a nice start to their season and although they haven’t played the toughest in terms in competition, they have an offense that ranks 38th in scoring offense and gave a decent Syracuse team all they could handle on the road in a 72-71 loss. Butler is better than they team we saw last Saturday and has been led by their defense that ranks 45th in scoring defense & 77th in 3P-FG%. Butler is a tough team at home (7-0 this season) however, as the Hoyas should have a huge advantage on the boards, I think Georgetown can do enough to cover with this many points. Take Georgetown to cover.