Notre Dame at Georgetown 2012 College Basketball Picks: No. 20 Notre Dame (20-9) heads to play No. 9 Georgetown for a Big Monday showdown in a pivotal BIG EAST Conference men’s basketball battle at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Irish, 12-4 in Big East play, are third in the league standings behind 2nd ranked Syracuse and 10th ranked Marquette. Notre Dame needs a win here to hold onto that spot while the Hoya’s (11-5) have the opportunity to join the Irish in third with a win. ESPN will televise the game with a 7 pm ET tip-off.
Odds makers at most off shore sports shops list the Hoyas 6 1/2-chalk favorite with a 119 1/2 combined score total (over/under). Notre Dame backers are getting +240 on the SBGglobal.com College Basketball Odds money-line while the price of wagering for Georgetown to win SU is -280 ($280 wager to win $100).
The Irish need a win to avoid back-to-back road losses after losing at Saint Johns on Saturday. The loss to the Red Storm ended a nine game win streak that started with their win over Syracuse on Jan 21. The Irish are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games covering the point-spread while game totals record in that span went to the UNDER in 6-of-10 with one push. The Irish finish up their regular season on Friday, March 2 at South Bend. The Irish are 5-3 on the road in BIG EAST play and 5-6 all-time at Georgetown while going 11-13 against the Hoyas since joining the BIG EAST in 1995.
The game with Notre Dame ends the Hoyas home schedule while their game at Marquette on March 3 ends their regular season. Georgetown has won SU its last 7-of-10 games while splitting 10 (5-5) ATS and on totals.
What to expect: The game could come down to the wire, especially if the score is low. I believe the Irish will cover against the number. My Pick – Notre Dame +6 1/2.
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