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College Basketball Betting – Hoyas face tricky road trip to Providence

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Monday, 08 February 2010 20:11

College Basketball Betting - Georgetown vs ProvidenceIf you’re looking to bet college basketball, Georgetown has been tough to get a read on lately, as they beat a pair of top-10 teams in the last 10 days, but also got caught looking past a team that they really should have beaten, especially at home. The Hoyas will travel to Providence on Tuesday, and they need to be focused to stay in the Big East race.

Georgetown vs Providence – Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM ET

The No.7 Hoyas (17-5, 7-4) thumped Duke to kick off a three-game homestand, but then they fell to South Florida, as it can be assumed that they were looking ahead to their showdown with Villanova on Saturday.  The Hoyas shot a blistering 56.3% from the floor in a 103-90 win over the Wildcats, powered by their backcourt duo of Austin Freeman and Jason Clark, who had 25 and 24 points, respectively. Big man Greg Monroe had 19 points, eight boards and six assists for the Hoyas, who raced out to a 19-point halftime lead and they were definitely ready for the Wildcats.  Georgetown had 17 turnovers, but forced 20 in an up-and-down game.

The Friars (12-11, 4-7) have dropped three in a row and five of their last six overall, falling 82-79 at Marquette this past weekend.  Jamine Peterson posted 28 points and 11 boards, while Bilal Dixon had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Friars, who were in front for most of the game before faltering down the stretch. The Friars held a 36-26 edge on the boards, but they allowed Marquette to shoot 51.7% from the field, and Marquette also nailed 11 of their 26 three-point attempts.

Georgetown should be the favorites in your sportsbook odds (sportsbetting.com reviews), but they’ve had trouble in recent trips to Providence, going 2-3 in five trips there since 2000.  Peterson and Dixon work hard on the boards, but they’ll have their hands full dealing with Monroe, who has a very unique skill set and poses a lot of problems with his passing out of the post.  Freeman has scored at least 20 points in his last four games, and the junior guard was very aggressive against Villanova, going to the line 10 times. If he can penetrate and get the Providence big men in foul trouble, that should pave the way for an easy win for Georgetown, who have to remain focused for road games at Providence and Rutgers this week before next week’s massive showdown with Syracuse, who are currently the No.2 team in the country.

Bet on sports: Georgetown

 
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