FREE COLLEGE PICKS AGAINST SPREAD
Welcome to our Free College Picks Against Spread. Today we will be analyzing and previewing a BIG EAST conference match-up between Butler and Georgetown. At the end of the article we will be making our pick, which is always against the spread. Here is our 2nd edition of “Free College Picks Against Spread”.
Butler (10-3,7-5 ATS) Vs Georgetown (10-1, 3-5 ATS)
Venue : Capital One Arena , Washington DC
Time: 6:30pm EST
Butler opens Big East Conference play on the road at Georgetown looking for a victory and some revenge after the Hoyas dealt Butler a home loss in their last meeting 11 months ago 85-81. Both teams enter tonight with two game winning streaks. Both head coaches are in their first year at their respective schools and are coaching at their alma maters. Coach Laval Jordan was a beast at Butler playing from 1998-2001 and secured the head coaching job after a season running the show for Milwaukee. The Hoyas 1st year coach is college basketball legend Patrick Ewing, who led the Hoyas to three National title games and one title in 1983-1984 over Houston (Phi Slama Jama) 84-75.
Georgetown will be looking to avoid a 2nd home loss on the year after suffering an 86-79 overtime defeat at the hands of Syracuse on 12.16.17. Butler last went down that same day against a strong Purdue squad 82-67 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Butler top player Kelan Martin (6’7 Sr., Forward) a projected 2nd round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft should be fired up to help the Bulldogs start conference play on the right foot. Martin comes in averaging (17.9ppg,7.2rpg). Martin is climbing the Butler record books. He is currently standing in 11th place all time with 1,537 pts. Butler also features explosive sophomore guard Kamar Baldwin (12.9ppg/4.5asp). Transfer Paul Jorgensen adds a reliable threat from distance hitting at 43.9% scoring 11.8ppg.
Georgetown showcases 6’10 Jr., Center Jessie Govan who enters play 4th in the nation in rebounding at 12.1 a game while netting 19ppg. Govan has benefited the most since Hall of Fame Center Patrick Ewing came on board. A season ago Govan averaged 10.1ppg and 5.0rpg and has nearly doubled both of those categories so far this season. The Hoyas front line extends to Jr., forward Marcus Dickerson who adds 13.4ppg/7.1rbg.
WHO GETS THE FIRST CONFERENCE WIN?
The Hoyas are much improved this year but will have a tough time slowing down Butler in this contest. Butler has has the higher quality of wins to date beating Ohio State and Utah. Look for the Bulldogs to get an opening day conference road win sparked by the play of Kelan Martin.
THE PICK: BUTLER -4