Georgetown Hoyas at Duke Blue Devils Pick and Preview
- Updated: January 17, 2009
NCAA Betting Preview
No. 13 Georgetown Hoyas (12-3) at No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (15-1)
Saturday, 1:30PM Eastern
Bookmaker.com betting line –
This weekend marks an exciting two days of College Basketball with a number of high profile games. Highlighting the weekend is an epic battle between two of the better teams from the best two conferences in America. The Big East #13 Georgetown Hoyas travel to Cameron Indoor to take on the ACC’s #3 ranked Duke Blue Devils. The Hoyas have bounced back nicely after dropping two straight to top 15 teams Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. Georgetown has won their last two games including a dominating performance Wednesday over #8 Syracuse 88-74. The Hoyas will be looking to prove how strong the Big East is against one of the top teams in the ACC. Duke has been on an impressive run of late winning 7 straight game by no less than 8 points. The Blue Devils will try and hold on to their number 3 ranking when they host a tough Georgetown team on a big day in College Basketball.
Georgetown still holds a strong ranking despite their 3 losses on the season. The Hoyas schedule is simply brutal and they play the best competition week in and week out. Georgetown presents a strong defensive team that tends to keep the scoring down. The Hoyas will have to continue to play strong defense against one of the best scoring teams in the country. The Blue Devils rank 14th in the land with 81.5 points per contest. Georgetown has shot the ball extremely well knocking down 48% of their shots from the field that has equaled 74 points per contest for the Hoyas. Georgetown will turn to a group of talented starters and look for someone to break through in what would be a mild upset. Junior forward DeJuan Summers leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game and has 3 other teammates that are averaging double figures. Summers has not been held to under 11 points this season and he will need to have big game this Saturday.
Duke is very good on both sides of the court. The Blue Devils not only sport one of the best scoring offenses in the country, but also one of the best scoring defenses holding teams to a mere 60 points per game. The Blue Devils are really getting a lift from junior Gerald Henderson in recent games. Henderson is becoming a big threat in the Duke offense scoring 25 points against Florida State and adding 19 more against Georgia Tech. Henderson appears to be evolving into the breakout player the Blue Devils desperately need. Sophomore Kyle Singler leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game and he is a solid shooter than can get hot from anywhere on the court. Georgetown likes to work the ball inside so it will be interesting to see the defensive looks the Blue Devils will present since they are known for strong defense.
What to watch for…
Rebounding will play a big role. Duke ranks 9th in the nation in rebounding with 40.3 boards per game while Georgetown is only averaging 33 rebounds per game. The Blue Devils are not necessarily a big team, but they have controlled the glass well. If that continues to happen, Georgetown might not have the fire power to keep up. The Hoyas need to control the paint and force Duke to make outside shots as well.
Pick – Duke
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