Jay Wright and the ninth-ranked Villanova Wildcats face Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas on Friday evening. Both teams have schedules that include postponements and/or cancellations, but this matchup serves as the Big East opener on both sides. Georgetown is 2-2 so far in 2020-21, with losses to Navy and West Virginia. Villanova is 4-1 with an overtime loss to Virginia Tech and a win over a highly touted Texas team.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Wildcats as 11.5-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 143 in the latest Villanova vs. Georgetown odds. Before making any Georgetown vs. Villanova picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Villanova vs. Georgetown spread: Villanova -11.5
- Villanova vs. Georgetown over-under: 143 points
- NOVA: The Wildcats are 9-8-1 against the spread in the last 18 conference games
- GTWN: The Hoyas are 11-11 against the spread in the last 22 home games
Why Villanova can cover
As usual, Jay Wright has an impressive group of talented players in 2020-21, headlined by sophomore forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and senior guard Collin Gillespie. Robinson-Earl leads the team in scoring (16.2 points game) and rebounding (9.0 per game), while shooting 54 percent from the floor. Gillespie provides a steady hand as a lead guard, averaging 14.6 points and 4.2 assists, in addition to knocking down 37 percent of his long-range offerings.
Robinson-Earl and Gillespie are joined by quality supporting pieces, and the Wildcats are exceptionally strong on both ends. Villanova ranks in the top-25 nationally in both offensive and defensive efficiency, with top-five marks on the offensive end.
Why Georgetown can cover
Georgetown is led by a pair of veterans in senior guard Jahvon Blair and senior forward Jamorko Pickett. Blair leads the team in averaging 20.3 points per game so far this season, and he also adds 5.5 rebounds per contest. Pickett is the team's leading rebounder, averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Overall, Georgetown is a strong offensive rebounding team, grabbing 34.2 percent of its own missed shots, and it is above-average as a 3-point shooting team at 34.2 percent this season.
Villanova also struggles to create turnovers, posting a 16.6 percent turnover rate, and that should give Georgetown license to be aggressive. Defensively, the Hoyas are top-50 in the country in shooting efficiency allowed, including 27.6 percent from 3-point range and 45.5 percent allowed on 2-point attempts. Georgetown is also strongly above-average in block rate at 11.7 percent, and the Hoyas should be able to protect the rim.
How to make Villanova vs. Georgetown picks
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