The 4th-seeded and 7.5-point favorite Georgetown Hoyas will face the 13-seeded Eastern Washington Eagles tonight in Portland for a chance to advance in this year’s NCAA tournament.
The Hoyas have lost to a double-digit seed in each of their past five trips to the NCAA Tournament and could be going for numero six after traveling cross country to face the Eagles who are a short bus ride from home.
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March Madness Eastern Washington Vs Georgetown Betting Odds Analysis &Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (13) Eastern Washington Eagles vs (4) Georgetown Hoyas
Date: Mar. 19, 2015
Start Time: 9:57 p.m. ET
Location: Portland, Oregon
Stadium: Moda Center
TV Info: truTV
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Eastern Washington Vs Georgetown
Point Spread: Hoyas -7.5
Eastern Washington Will Cover the Spread If
Eastern Washington can run Georgetown off the court.
Eastern Washington has become a wise guy pick to upset the Georgetown Hoyas in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament. It makes sense because the Eagles have one of the top offenses in college basketball based on stats.
Eastern Washington averages 80.8 points per game. That ranks the Eagles third in the points scored per game category. The Eagles shoot an awesome 48% from the field. They shoot 40.2% from behind the three point line. If Eastern Washington hopes to cover the spread versus the Hoyas on Thursday, they’re going to have to shoot to at least their averages on offense. Their leading scorer, guard Tyler Harvey, is going to have to exceed his 22.9 points per game average. Drew Brandon, their other starting guard, is also going to have to pitch in with double-figures. If Eastern Washington doesn’t score close to 80, it’s likely that they won’t cover the spread.
Eastern Washington Eagles March Madness Starting Lineup
- G Tyler Harvey, 6-4, So., 22.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg
- G Parker Kelly, 6-4, Sr., 7.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg
- G Drew Brandon, 6-4, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.8 apg
- F Ognjen Miljkovic, 6-7, So., 10 ppg, 3.2 rpg
- F Venky Jois, 6-8, Jr., 16.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg
- Coach: Jim Hayford (fourth season)
Georgetown Will Cover the Spread If
The Hoyas get back on defense and force Eastern Washington into a slow tempo.
Eastern Washington loves to run. They love to run so much that opponents average 73.6 points and 44.9% from the field against the Eagles. What it means is that the Eagles are willing to give up shots in order to force opponents to play their style of basketball.
Georgetown should go ahead and run with Eastern Washington. What the Hoyas have to be careful about is getting back on defense if they miss shots. Georgetown should have no trouble covering the spread if they can force Eastern Washington into either bad shots or a slow tempo offense. If the Hoyas do that, they’ll know that the Eagles have decided to play their style of Big East defensive basketball. That will frustrate the Eagles, which will lead to them pushing even harder on the offensive end. Georgetown will cover the spread if they can frustrate Eastern Washington’s run and gun offense.
Georgetown Hoyas March Madness Starting lineup
- G L.J. Peak, 6-5, Fr., 8.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
- G Jabril Trawick, 6-5, Fr., 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
- G D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, 6-3, Jr., 16.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
- F Isaac Copeland, 6-9, Fr., 6.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
- C Josh Smith, 6-10, Sr., 11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg
- Coach: John Thompson III (11th season)