This Saturday will be the first in a long time without a football game. This weekend’s playoff football is saved up for an explosive Sunday. In place of football we shall feast on a full slate of college basketball action.
One of the marquee games features the Georgetown Hoyas facing the Connecticut Huskies in what used to be a signature Big East battle. This time around it’s the Big East, Georgetown, versus the American Athletic Conference, UConn. The game takes place on Saturday, January 23. Tip-off is at 12:00 pm ET on CBS.
What: Georgetown Hoyas (12-7) at UConn Huskies (13-5)
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Hartford, Connecticut
Stadium: XL Center
Spread: UConn -5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Georgetown vs UConn
Bet The Georgetown Hoyas Because…
The Hoyas have been hot. Georgetown has won 3 out of its last 4 going into the game versus the Huskies. They’ve gone 4 and 0 ATS in their last 4. No win was as impressive as their last, an 81 to 72 road win over 6th ranked Xavier as a +10 point underdog. In that game, Georgetown shot 51% from the field and 40% from the three-point line. The Hoyas held Xavier to 35% from the field and 35% from three.
Bet The Connecticut Huskies Because…
Connecticut is tough to beat straight up and ATS at home. The Huskies, overall, have a decent record. Connecticut is 13 and 5 straight up. But against the spread, the Huskies are only 7-6-1. That’s not a very good ATS record. What’s surprising is that Connecticut is 4 and 2 ATS at home. Connecticut goes into Saturday’s game having beaten Houston 69 to 57 on Jan. 17 and beating Tulane 60 to 42 on Jan. 19. The win against Tulane was a home victory where Connecticut covered a -14.5 point spread.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Connecticut is definitely difficult to beat at home, but Georgetown is on a roll. The Hoyas have really turned it around in their last 4 games. The lone loss in the last 4 was to Villanova, a team that many college hoops analysts predict will make it all the way to the Final Four this season.
The Hoyas only lost by 5 points, 50 to 55, to Villanova. Georgetown won’t let a team like Connecticut stand in its way. I expect the Hoyas to come out firing since Connecticut averages 75 points per game. Georgetown can run. There’s a good chance that the Hoyas hit 80 for the second straight time.
My final score prediction is Georgetown 80, Connecticut 75.