Villanova battles Georgetown in a classic Big East matchup on Saturday, Jan. 16. The game takes place at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Tip-off is at 1:00 pm ET
A Closer Look At How To How To Bet The Villanova Wildcats Vs Georgetown Hoyas College Basketball Odds
What: No. 6 Villanova Wildcats (15-2) at Georgetown Hoyas (11-6)
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Washington, District of Columbia
Stadium: Verizon Center
Spread: Villanova -7
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Villanova vs Georgetown
Bet The #7 Villanova Wildcats Because…
7th ranked Villanova has the looks of a Final Four team. The Wildcats have both a great offense and a great defense. Villanova averages 77 points per game from 47% shooting from the field. Villanova also has an exceptional defense. The Wildcats allow 60.6 points per game, ranking it 8th in college basketball, off of 38% shooting from the field. Villanova’s three-point defense allows 31% from behind the arc. Villanova has won 6 games in a row. 2 of the 6 wins were against Butler and Xavier.
Bet The Georgetown Hoyas Because…
Guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera can’t be stopped. Smith-Rivera averages 16.3 points and 3.3 boards per game. He dishes 4.4 assists per game. He has 27 steals on the season. He’s scored in double-figures in 9 out of Georgetown’s 10 games so far this season. The only time that Smith-Rivera didn’t score in double-figures was when Georgetown played North Carolina-Asheville, a surprisingly difficult 79 to 73 win for the Hoyas. He goes into this battle after scoring 33, dishing 2 assists and grabbing 6 boards against St. John’s in a 93 to 73 Georgetown win.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The last time that these 2 teams played, back in February of 2015, Villanova put a 69 to 53 beat down on Georgetown. Things could be different in this matchup. Villanova is playing at a high level. There is no doubt that on paper they are the better team. But, Georgetown has a decided edge from the three-point line. The Hoyas shoot a ridiculous 36.6% from behind the arc. This is in contrast to Villanova who shoots less than 32% from the three-point line.
The old adage is that you live and die by the three. What it means is that if a team shoots too many and doesn’t hit, they’ll get destroyed. There’s definitely a chance that Georgetown could go cold from the three-point line in this game. But, since they take on the Wildcats at home, this could be surprisingly close with Georgetown possibly pulling off the upset. That’s the way I’m going.
My final score prediction is Georgetown 68, Villanova 67.