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Georgetown Villanova Betting – Wildcats Aim To Maintain Big East Tie With Pittsburgh

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 12:58:15 AM

The Villanova Wildcats are steadily moving up the ladder in the Big East Conference. They’ll try to maintain a tie for first place when they host the Georgetown Hoyas this weekend.

NCAA basketball betting: Georgetown Hoyas @ Villanova Wildcats

Why To Bet On Georgetown

The online betting calculus might suggest that Villanova will win, but there’s one thing that has to be re-considered before you bet on the Wildcats. Georgetown is a skilled finesse team, a very capable shooting club with three wing-based players – guard Jason Clark, small forward Austin Freeman, and point guard Chris Wright – who can all fill up the stat sheet and provide a formidable degree of scoring punch from the perimeter. Georgetown can play an up-tempo, open-court game and go toe-to-toe with Villanova’s guards. The Hoyas can match up with the Wildcats at their strongest point and can flourish at the offensive end of the floor. There are games when the Hoyas bog down in their offensive halfcourt sets, but when Georgetown executes and doesn’t overthink the game, coach John Thompson III’s team can play at a very high level and establish a lofty standard. This is why Villanova is hardly home free in this contest.

Why To Bet On Villanova

The Super Bowl betting skinny is that while the Green Bay Packers’ offensive weapons will get a lot of press and publicity, the key matchup of the game will be Green Bay’s defense against Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In a similar way, the big confrontation of this contest will not be Villanova’s hot-shooting guards against Georgetown’s defense; no, the biggest battle in Philadelphia will involve the Wildcats’ defense against Georgetown’s offense.

Villanova might have multiple threats from three-point range in the form of Corey Stokes, Maalik Wayns, and Corey Fisher, but the Wildcats are truly succeeding because they manage to stifle opponents at the other end of the floor. Villanova smothered Syracuse’s offense last Saturday in a convincing 83-72 win whose point total was inflated by a procession to the free throw line in the final two minutes of regulation. Syracuse’s offense was stuck under 60 points heading into the final five minutes of play. Even when Villanova lost at Connecticut on Jan. 17, the Wildcats shut down the Huskies’ offense and held UConn superstar Kemba Walker to under 40-percent shooting from the field. Villanova might attract national attention with its three-point shooting and the creativity of its guards at the offensive end, but the Wildcats butter their bread with relentless defense and gang rebounding in which all five players on the floor are committed to crashing the glass. Georgetown’s effort level has been known to wobble and waver over the years, so Villanova will thrive as long as it puts in the hard yards in this game.

How The Game Will Play Out

The sports betting consensus is not likely to be denied. Villanova will outwork and outhustle Georgetown, wearing down the Hoyas in the final 10-12 minutes of regulation en route to another victory. The Wildcats will remain tied for the Big East lead with Pittsburgh… unless the Panthers drop another game this week after losing to Notre Dame on Monday.

Georgetown Villanova Betting Pick: Villanova

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