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Georgetown vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (5-7) at Georgetown Hoyas (8-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Georgetown Hoyas -15 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
Fox Sports Networks
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The Little Rock Trojans will travel to Capital One Arena to take on the Georgetown Hoyas this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Little Rock Trojans dropped to 5-7 on the season after being defeated by the Memphis Tigers, 99-89, this past Wednesday. Little Rock fought back from a 48-39 halftime deficit to tie the game at 86-all with just 3:42 remaining, however, the Trojans offense struggled down the stretch which allowed Memphis to pull away late for the victory. Little Rock shot 50.0% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc however, was outrebounded by Memphis by a 49-23 margin. Leading the way for the Trojans was Rayjon Tucker who had 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On the season, Little Rock is averaging 77.3 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Little Rock has been led by Rayjon Tucker (21.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Kris Bankston (10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.3 bpg), Nikola Maric (10.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Markquis Nowell (9.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Little Rock is allowing their opponents to average 76.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Georgetown Hoyas snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 83-73, this past Tuesday night. Georgetown had a tough battle agianst the Mountaineers however, was able to pull away late after taking a 78-71 lead with just 1:23 left in regulation. Georgetown shot 45.8% from beyond the arc while holding Appalachian State to just 36.0% shooting from the field and 28.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hoyas was James Akinjo who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Georgetown is averaging 78.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Hoyas are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgetown has been led by Jessie Govan (18.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), James Akinjo (13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.5 apg), Mac McClung (10.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Josh LeBlanc (9.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Hoyas have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of -1.9.

The Trojans are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss however, are just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The Hoyas are 14-37 ATS in their last 51 home games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Little Rock is not the same the defensive minded team that we saw make it to the NCAA Tournament a few years back as the Trojans are much more focused on the offense end and come into this game ranked 111th in scoring offense, 61st in assists per game, and 20th in FG%. Georgetown plays a similar style as although their defense is nothing to write home about, they come in with an offense that ranks 85th in scoring offense and 38th in assists per game. Georgetown’s size concerns me a bit hear, however, as I do think the Trojans will be able to put up some points similar to what they did agianst Memphis, I think the Trojans will do enough with the double-digit points to cover in this one.

Pick:
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans +15

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