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Pittsburgh Georgetown Betting – Hoyas Quickly Face Vital Conference Clash Against Pitt

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/5/2014 2:14:26 AM

The Georgetown Hoyas looked like a strong team and a near-lock for the NCAA Tournament three weeks ago. Now, they’re on the ledge on the Big East Conference. If you enjoy betting on NCAA football games, then this college basketball game has all the drama you need.

NCAA Basketball Betting: Pittsburgh Panthers @ Georgetown Hoyas

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Why To Bet On Pittsburgh

Georgetown is a team that has lost its way. The Hoyas looked particularly confused and disjointed in their most recent game, a Saturday stumble at home against a less-than-imposing West Virginia team. In December, Georgetown won at Missouri and Memphis to inspire considerable confidence throughout the program, but those non-conference road wins are beginning to lose their value and significance. The Hoyas booted the ball all over the court this past weekend against West Virginia, generating poor spacing in their halfcourt sets instead of moving the ball fluidly in coach John Thompson III’s Princeton-style offense. Point guard Chris Wright was a terrible quarterback for the GU offense, committing five turnovers while handing out only two assists. The Hoyas’ lack of crisp execution led to 18 turnovers, and that fact – when added to the game’s other big development, a 29-20 West Virginia advantage on the glass made possible by a 14-2 wipeout on the offensive boards – is why WVU overcame its offensive deficiencies.

Georgetown hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts while West Virginia converted only 40 percent of its shots in that game, but the combination of turnovers and rebounds enabled the visiting Mountaineers to register eight more shot attempts (52 to 44) and 13 more foul shots (24 to 11). Shooting has its place in basketball, but as the number-crunchers and hoop nerds will tell you, possessions and points per possession hold even more importance in today’s measurement of basketball success. Georgetown threw away too many possessions, and West Virginia cashed in at the foul line. That’s how conventional wisdom gets tossed on its head, and that’s why the Hoyas, at 1-3 in the Big East, are floundering. Pittsburgh is playing a team that’s in free-fall at the moment.

Why To Bet On Georgetown

There’s a very simple reason to bet on Georgetown: The Hoyas really need to win this game, which is being played on their home floor at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Georgetown can’t afford to fall too far back in the Big East. A 1-4 record would really reduce this team’s margin for error and wipe away the good work it did in non-conference play, when the team’s only loss was a tough road setback in Philadelphia against a highly-regarded Temple Owl squad. Georgetown has to bounce back if it wants to affirm its status as a team worthy of an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas missed the 2009 tournament before bouncing back in 2010, but this year’s team is showing a level of worrisome volatility. With that having been said, such volatility could work in this team’s favor against Pittsburgh. Last year, the same Georgetown team that got blasted out of the NCAAs by Ohio in the first round was also the team that crushed Duke by a double-digit margin at home. It could very well be the case that the Hoyas, a few days after their stink-bomb against West Virginia, will flourish against the highly-rated Panthers.

How The Game Will Play Out

Georgetown will play a spirited game, but the Hoyas are not executing well at all. Pittsburgh, with its tenacious defense and steady work ethic, is a team that can unsettle the Hoyas with physical play and a blue-collar mentality on the glass. Pittsburgh will rebound well and make Georgetown a one-shot-and-done team at the offensive end of the floor. The Panthers will use defense and rebounding to prevail on the road against a struggling foe.

Pittsburgh Georgetown Sports Promo Betting Pick: Pittsburgh

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