College Basketball Odds: Villanova at Georgetown Spread, Preview & Public Picks Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Sunday, 10 February 2008 21:07
NCAAB Headline News



Taking Care of Business

Villanova needed a 3-pointer in the final minute of its last game to rally and avert a six-game losing streak.

It's Georgetown, though, that has a six-game skid at home against the Wildcats, a streak the sixth-ranked Hoyas hope to end Monday when they host struggling Villanova.

Oddsmakers from Bodog have made Georgetown –13.5 point spread favorites (View College Basketball odds) for today’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 63% of bets for this game have been placed on Villanova +13.5 (View College Basketball bet percentages).

Georgetown (19-3, 9-2 Big East) has never beaten Villanova (14-8, 4-6) at the Verizon Center, an unlikely scenario given the success that Big East teams consistently have at home.

This season, road teams are 30-56 in Big East play - 1-4 for Villanova - and the Hoyas have won 18 straight at home since a 56-52 loss to Villanova on Jan. 8, 2007.

The Wildcats' last road defeat to Georgetown was 78-67 on Jan. 27, 1997, when Georgetown played at US Air Arena. Villanova is 6-0 at the Verizon Center, having held the Hoyas under 70 points each time.

Georgetown boasts a stifling defense this season, but the Hoyas sputtered offensively in the second half at Louisville on Saturday and lost 59-51, meaning they're likely to fall in Monday's new rankings.

They scored just 20 points in the second half against the Cardinals, going without a field goal for a key eight-minute span after the break. Georgetown shot 4-of-22 from 3-point range for the game.

"It's the simple things. It's a simple game," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "They executed and we didn't."

Roy Hibbert and Austin Freeman each scored 14 points, but Georgetown's other three starters - DaJuan Summers, Jonathan Wallace and Jesse Sapp - combined for just 14 on 6-of-24 shooting.

Georgetown was also outrebounded 29-24 by the Cardinals, with the 7-foot-2 Hibbert grabbing only four boards.

"This is a tough one," Hibbert said.

The Hoyas had won six straight and 11 of 12 before Saturday, thanks in large part to them allowing 70 or more points just once this season - to unbeaten and current No. 1 Memphis.

Georgetown, which leads the Big East by a half-game, tops the nation in field-goal percentage defense (35.8) and is fourth in scoring defense (56.8 points per game).

Lack of defense was the biggest problem for Villanova during its recent five-game losing streak. The Wildcats are 14th in the conference with 75.2 points allowed per game in Big East play.

They gave up an average of 80.6 points as opponents shot 50.8 percent during their skid, but held Seton Hall to 28.1 percent shooting in the second half Saturday. That allowed junior Dwayne Anderson's 3-pointer in the final minute to give them a 72-70 win.

"I thought our second-half defense was one of our best efforts of the year," coach Jay Wright said. "That's what we have been trying to do and we're getting there."

Dante Cunningham matched a career high with 21 points for the Wildcats, while Anderson had 13 points and eight rebounds in his first career start.

by: Staff Writers - Email Us

More NCAA College Basketball Coverage from theSpread.com

 - NCAA College Basketball teams
 - NCAA College Basketball standings
 - NCAA College Basketball schedule
 - NCAA College Basketball scoreboard
 - NCAA College Basketball injuries
 - NCAA College Basketball matchups
 - NCAA College Basketball stats
 - NCAA College Basketball odds
 - NCAA College Basketball public betting chart
 - NCAA College Basketball news wire
 - NCAA College Basketball top stories
 - NCAA College Basketball trends
 - AccuScore NCAA College Basketball predictions
 - Expert NCAA College Basketball picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NCAA College Basketball Home

 

NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NCAABB Futures

NCAA BASKETBALL TEAM MENS TOURNAMENT ODDS CURRENT
KENTUCKY 4/1
ARIZONA 8/1
DUKE 10/1
WISCONSIN 12/1
KANSAS 14/1
FLORIDA 14/1
NORTH CAROLINA 16/1
VILLANOVA 25/1
LOUISVILLE 28/1
WICHITA STATE 28/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com