Villanova Wildcats vs. Georgetown Hoyas, Saturday, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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VILLANOVA WILDCATS GEORGETOWN HOYAS
27-3, 1st in Big East March 4, 12:00 PM | Verizon Center 14-16, 9th in Big East
Villanova at Georgetown, Betting Lines
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 4, 2017
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: Noon ET, Fox
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
523 –Villanova Wildcats -7½ -110  -340 Ov 139.5 -110
524 –Georgetown Hoyas +7½ -110  +280 Un 139.5 -110

The Villanova Wildcats and the Georgetown Hoyas will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Verizon Center.

ABOUT VILLANOVA (27-3, 14-3 Big East): As has been the case for much of the last four years, Villanova continues to rely on Hart (18.6 points) and fellow senior Kris Jenkins (13.2). Hart has been outstanding, but Jenkins has not been consistent this season, which has created an opportunity for players like Jalen Brunson (14.7) and Mikal Bridges (10.5) – a pair of guards who shoot well over 50 percent from the field. Eric Paschall stepped up last weekend with a season-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and the sophomore is shooting 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) over his last five games.

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (14-16, 5-12): The Hoyas have lost six of seven despite the high-scoring duo of Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak, who combine to average 34.5 points per game. Pryor has made multiple 3-pointers in nine of his last 10 games, while Peak has averaged 17.5 points in the last two games but has 11 turnovers over that stretch. The duo combined for 41 points in the first meeting with Villanova, but their teammates combined to score 23 points with the other three starters combining for 14.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Hoyas, while the game’s total is sitting at 139.5.

Second-ranked Villanova likely has a No. 1 seed locked up for the NCAA Tournament, but a win at Georgetown on Saturday would seal the deal. The Big East finale for both teams features a Wildcats team that has clinched the top seed in the conference tournament and a struggling Hoyas squad that will be seeded ninth out of 10 teams.

Villanova secured the regular-season league crown with a 16-point win against Creighton last Saturday and has had a full week of rest in preparation for this one. The Wildcats beat the Hoyas by 11 in the first meeting as Josh Hart, a Maryland native and likely first-team All-American, scored 25 points. Hart continued his stellar senior season with 16 points versus Creighton and has scored in double figures in all 30 games. Meanwhile, Georgetown has lost four in a row, prompting speculation that John Thompson III could be coaching his final home game this weekend.

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COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. Since going 3-of-3 from 3-point range against Butler last month, Georgetown C Jessie Govan is 2-of-14 beyond the arc.

2. Prior to shooting 2-of-7 against Creighton, Brunson had been 16-of-20 from the field over his previous two games.

3. Jenkins notched four steals versus the Bluejays, matching his total from the previous six outings.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Villanova Wildcats will cover the spread at -7½ and the game will stay under 139.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Villanova 71, Georgetown 63 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
VILLA TEAM GTOWN
77.4 PTS FOR 74.7
63.3 PTS AGNST 71.8
14.1 DIFF. 2.9
24.8 DEF REBOUNDS 26.0
8.7 OFF REBOUNDS 9.6
49.7 FG% 46.4
79.9 FT% 73.7
8.8 3 POINTERS 6.6
7.0 STEALS 5.6
BETTING TRENDS
VILLANOVA
Villanova is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Villanova’s last 8 games on the road
Villanova is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Georgetown
Villanova is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Georgetown
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Villanova’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Georgetown
GEORGETOWN
Georgetown is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games
Georgetown is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgetown’s last 7 games
Georgetown is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgetown’s last 5 games at home
Georgetown is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Villanova
Georgetown is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Villanova
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Georgetown’s last 10 games when playing at home against Villanova
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Villanova’s Overall Scoring vs Georgetown’s Overall Defense 77.4 86 71.8 169
Villanova’s Away Scoring vs Georgetown’s Home Defense 76.9 41 67.9 143
Villanova’s Road Rebounds vs Georgetown’s Home Rebounds Allowed 32.8 267 35.6 230
Georgetown’s Overall Scoring vs Villanova’s Overall Defense 74.7 150 63.3 22
Georgetown’s Home Scoring vs Villanova’s Road Defense 76.8 161 66.1 23
Georgetown’s Home Rebounds vs Villanova’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.2 159 30.4 9
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
VILLANOVA
Villanova is second in the league in free throw percentage at 79.9.
GEORGETOWN
No trends to report

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