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Villanova vs Georgetown Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Hoyas Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Villanova Wildcats at Georgetown Hoyas
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds: Villanova -9.5, VILL -480 | GEORGE +351 O/U 143.5
Villanova will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Georgetown in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far, the Wildcats have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. This season, Villanova has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 7-5. For today’s contest, Villanova have a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.
Villanova will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Daniels who is averaging 16.0 points per game for the Wildcats. Daniels is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wildcats’ offensive gameplan is the play of Eric Dixon who has hit 48.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.0 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Villanova will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wildcats are ranked 158th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 662nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Villanova is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Georgetown heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-10. So far this season, Georgetown has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-5. For the season, Georgetown has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 0-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hoyas being +9.5 point underdogs.
Georgetown’s leading scorer this season is Amir Spears who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, Spears has accounted for 21.78% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.47 rebounds per game and 4.93 assists. Brandon Murray is the second leading scorer for the Hoyas, averaging 15.46 points per game. Between him and Murray, they are accounting for 40.0% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Georgetown this season, as they are currently ranked 218th in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hoyas’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 236th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Georgetown Hoyas +9.5
Our analysis of the Georgetown Hoyas vs Villanova Wildcats game indicates that Georgetown will cover the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving Georgetown an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Hoyas have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, Georgetown won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the Georgetown Hoyas at +9.5.