Georgetown Hoyas vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Georgetown Hoyas and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off for a Monday Night battle on the hardwood between two nationally ranked Big East teams. The Hoyas are -6.5 point favorites over the Fighting Irish with an over/under point total set at 118.5.
With less than a week to go in the regular season the Georgetown Hoyas are looking like a two or three seed in the NCAA Tournament as John Thompson III’s team has been playing consistent basketball all season long. Georgetown is 11-5 in the Big East, 14-1 at home this season, in fourth place in the conference standings, and 2-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Jason Clark is averaging 14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds, Hollis Thompson is averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Henry Sims is averaging 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. As a team the Hoyas are averaging 69.6 points and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.7 points and their opponents are shooting 38.6 percent. Georgetown hasn’t won them all or even come close but they have shown that everytime they take the court they have a very good chance to win and a team like this can be very dangerous in March.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were on a tear as Mike Brey’s team had won nine games in a row but that all came to a screeching halt on Saturday as they were done in by the lowly St. John’s Red Storm in a game they never looked like they had a chance. ND is 12-4 in the Big East, 5-4 on the road this year, in third place in the conference standings, and they are 3-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Jerian Grant is averaging 12.7 points and 4.9 assists, Eric Atkins is averaing 12.7 points and 4.0 assists, and Jack Cooley is averaging 12.4 points and 9.2 rebounds. As a team the Irish are averaging 68 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Notre Dame will need to regroup in a hurry as they play their second of back to back road games.
Georgetown is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 5-2 against the spread in their lst seven home games against a team with a losing road record, and 3-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Notre Dame is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 Big East games, and 6-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 11-5-1 against the spread in the last 17 meetings of these two.
With the total set at 118.5 it is just too aggressively low and the better pick is the over