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2-13-2018 - Pick and Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#513 Georgetown
Hoyas 149
#514 Butler
Bulldogs -11.5

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30pm

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Game Stats

Georgetown Hoyas

14 - 10

11-9
ATS
9-11
O/U
78
PPG
73
OPPG

Butler Bulldogs

17 - 9

13-12
ATS
15-10
O/U
80
PPG
72
OPPG

Georgetown (14-10 SU, 12-9-0 ATS, 10-11-0 O/U) at Butler (17-9 SU, 13-12 ATS, 15-10-0 O/U)

When and Where: Tuesday, Feb. 13, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind., 6:30 p.m. EST.

Butler looks to avoid a third straight loss and complete a season sweep of Georgetown as the Big East rivals collide Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Hoyas look to follow up victory over Seton Hall

Georgetown (14-10, 4-9 Big East) finally beat a team above it in the conference standings Saturday by holding off Seton Hall 83-80.

Marcus Derrickson had 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, but it was his 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds to play that proved to be the difference as the Hoyas snapped a four-game losing streak and beat someone other than St. John’s and DePaul in Big East play.

Freshman Jamorko Pickett added 18 points, continuing his strong play as he has reached double figures in four of his last six games and averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in that span while shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range.

Jessie Govan contributed 11 points and seven rebounds and was held below 20 points for the first time in three games. He leads the Hoyas in scoring and rebounding at 16.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, ranking 10th and second in the Big East, respectively.

Derrickson, who notched his sixth double-double Saturday, is third in rebounding at 8.2 per contest and 13th in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Georgetown improved to 4-4 in games decided by six or fewer points after losing the previous three such contests.

Butler in three-way fight for third in Big East

Butler (17-9, 7-6) is currently in fifth place in the Big East but only one game behind Creighton for third as everyone is chasing No. 3 Villanova and fourth-ranked Xavier.

The Bulldogs lost to both top-two teams last week, the latter an 86-75 setback at Villanova on Saturday. Kelan Martin went 8 of 12 from 3-point range and scored 30 points and Kamar Baldwin added 25, but their teammates were a combined 9 of 28 as Villanova’s supporting cast made just enough of a difference for the win.

Martin and Baldwin, though, are as good as any tandem in both the conference and the country, averaging 20.7 and 16.0 points, respectively, to rank third and 12th in the Big East. They are also both in the top 20 in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, combining to hit 106 shots from beyond the arc.

Paul Jorgensen, who is the other player in double figures for Butler at 10.7 points per game, is 17th in that category (36.7) while sub Sean McDermott is second at 45.9 percent, having made 34 of 74 long-range attempts.

Butler is fifth in the conference in scoring at 80.2 points per game and are 5-2 in conference play when scoring 80 or better.

Trends:

Georgetown is:

  • 7-1 ATS in its last eight road games.
  • 4-1 ATS in its last five road games as an underdog between 7.0 and 12.5 points.
  • 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games vs. opponents with a better than .600 winning percentage.

Butler is:

  • 2-5 ATS in its last seven games following a straight up loss.
  • 2-6 ATS in its last eight games vs. opponents with a winning straight up record.
  • 0-4 ATS in its last four Tuesday games

The Bulldogs rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit and recorded a 91-89 double-overtime win at Georgetown on Dec. 27 in the Big East opener for both teams. Baldwin scored a career-high 31 points and Martin added 27, including a game-winning tip-in with less than three seconds to play.

Derrickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds while Govan chipped in 19 and 13 for the Hoyas, who are 3-1 at Hinkle Fieldhouse since Butler joined the Big East in 2013.

Pick: Georgetown +11.5

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

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