The college basketball betting action continues with a loaded Thursday card, so we are taking a closer look at the Big East Conference showdown at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, to get you the best Georgetown vs. Providence betting pick and odds.
The Hoyas meet the Friars for the first time this season. Georgetown opened as a huge 13-point road underdog on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the totals are listed at 144.0 points.
Georgetown continues to struggle
The Georgetown Hoyas fell to 6-8 straight up and 5-9 ATS on the season following an 88-69 defeat at the St. John’s Red Storm this past Sunday. It was their fourth loss on the spin and third in a row since the Hoyas returned from a short break caused by COVID-19.
Georgetown turned the ball over 21 times against the Red Storm. The Hoyas shot only 39.3% from the field, while their defense couldn’t cope with Julian Champaign, who had 25 points and six rebounds. Kaiden Rice led the way for the Hoyas with 19 points and five boards, while Aminu Mohammed posted a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double.
The Hoyas sit bottom of the Big East Conference with a 0-3 record. They are No. 212 in the NCAA NET Rankings and No. 152 in the KenPom rankings. The Hoyas score 105.2 points per 100 possessions (133rd in the country) and surrender 104.5 in a return (202nd).
Providence returns to action
The Providence Friars (14-2; 11-5 ATS) had to postpone their previous three games due to COVID-19 issues. They’ll take on the Hoyas after a 12-day long pause, coming off an 83-73 home victory to the St. John’s Red Storm.
Senior guard Aljami Durham leads the way for the Friars, averaging 13.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 35.0 minutes on the floor per game. Center Nate Watson is another key senior in this Providence team. He’s tallying 14.1 points, 6.3 boards, and 1.0 blocks per contest.
The Friars lay at the second spot of the Big East Conference standings. They are No. 32 in the NCAA NET Rankings and No. 50 in the KenPom rankings. Providence scores 109.1 points per 100 possessions (65th in the nation) and yields 95.6 in a return (48th).
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games overall
- 4-10 ATS in the last 14 games on the road
- 8-2 ATS in the last ten games overall
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games against the Big East
Georgetown vs. Providence Pick
The Friars might need some time to shake off the rust, but I cannot take the slumping Hoyas, who have gone 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four outings. Providence leans on a bunch of seniors, so the hosts shouldn’t have too many problems beating Georgetown.
The Hoyas will struggle to deal with Providence’s defense. Georgetown relies a lot on its 3-point shooting, and the Friars allow their opponents to make only 31.2% of their 3-pointers. Providence will force the Hoyas into half-court basketball and look for easy baskets in transition.
Pick: Take Providence -13.0 at -110
The Hoyas average 72.0 possessions per 40 minutes, playing at the 31st-fastest pace in the country. On the other side, the Friars record only 66.5 possessions per 40 minutes (282nd in the nation). And I’m expecting the hosts to establish their style of play.
As I’ve mentioned, Providence possesses plenty of experience. The Friars will continue to play aggressive defense, and Thursday’s clash will go over the total only if both teams enjoy a wonderful shooting night, especially Georgetown. The under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between the Hoyas and Friars.
Pick: Go under 144.0 points at -110