Butler vs. Georgetown - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Georgetown University Hoyas (14-10) at Butler Bulldogs (19-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Georgetown Hoyas will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the 19th ranked Butler Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Georgetown Hoyas improved to 14-10 (4-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons, 76-72, this past Saturday. Georgetown trailed by a 38-32 margin at halftime, however, the Hoyas found their offensive in the 2nd half and was able to hold of the Blue Demons late after taking a 70-65 lead with just under a minute in regulation. Georgetown shot 44.8% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoyas was Jahvon Blair who had 30 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Georgetown is averaging 76.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Hoyas are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgetown has been led by Mac McClung (16.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Omer Yurtseven (16.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 bpg), and Jagan Mosely (7.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Hoyas have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The 19th ranked Butler Bulldogs improved to 19-6 (7-5 Big East) on the season after defeating the Xavier Musketeers, 66-61, this past Wednesday. Butler went into halftime with a 32-23 lead and was able to hold off the Musketeers for the victory after taking a 42-25 lead with 16:19 left in regulation. Butler shot 47.2% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Sean McDermott who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.
On the season, Butler is averaging 68.8 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Kamar Baldwin (16.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Sean McDermott (11.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and Bryce Nze (9.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensviely, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Hoyas are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games agianst Butler. The Bulldogs are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 February games.
Georgetown has been led by their offense this season, ranking 44th in scoring offense and 15th in FT%, however, the Hoyas have struggled defensively and come into this match-up ranked just 278th in scoring defense.
Butler has been outstanding on the defensive end this season and come into this game ranked 12th in scoring defense, 20th in defensive FG%, and 53rd in rebound margin.
Both Mac McClung & Omer Yurtseven are questionable for this match-up, however, as both players had yet to be cleared to play as of Thursday it sounds like that even if they are able to give it a go, their not going to be 100%. Butler is led by their defense that should be able to have success agianst the injury-riddled Hoyas and although this is a bunch of points to cover, I think you have to back the Bulldogs in this one. Good Luck!