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NCAA Basketball Preview for 1/12/11- (5) Pitt at (19) Georgetown Headlines an Interesting Wednesday
Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Jan 12 2011 @ 5:02 pm In NCAABK | No Comments
Georgetown started the season red hot winning their first eight games. This included a win at Missouri. Since the blistering beginning, the Hoyas are just 4-4 and 1-3 in the Big East. They lost to Temple, Notre Dame and St. John’s on the road and West Virginia at home.
Pittsburgh played a tough 13 game non-conference schedule before the start of Big East play. Their only misstep was a home loss to Tennessee. They won the Coaches vs Cancer Classic in New York; They beat Maryland in the semis and Texas in the final. They’ve started 3-0 in the Big East.
The trio of Chris Wright, Jason Clark and Austin Freeman are the main scorers for the Hoyas. All average twelve plus points a game; Freeman (17.9), Jason Clark (13.5) and Wright (12.5). The threesome complement each other well; Clark is a spot-up shooter, Freeman is a slasher, and Wright drives and kicks.
Georgetown shoots the ball extremely well. As a team, the Hoyas rank second in the country in field goal percentage (51.6%).
The Hoyas two bigs inside, Julian Vaughn and Hollis Thompson both shoot the ball over 52-percent. They both snatch down five plus rebounds a night.
They take good shots and move the ball around, referenced by their No. 1 ranking in assists at 20.4 per game. Wanamaker averages 5.3 assists, and Gibbs and Brown each dish it three plus times a night.
Senior center Gary McGhee is the x-factor tonight. He averages 7.2 rebounds per game. If he can get some offensive rebounds inside and get Pittsburgh extra possessions, that may be the main reason Pitt wins the game.
PREDICTION- Pitt 86-82
Georgetown is tough at home, and both teams shoot the lights out of the basketball, but I think Pitt’s toughness inside wins them this game.
Steve Lavin has the Red Storm faithful fired up about this year’s team. Especially after a huge home upset win over Georgetown. Can they pull another home shocker?
Tough road test for Pitino and the Cardinals.
Florida State can defend, but the Duke firepower is too much.
Football, basketball, it doesn’t matter. Ohio State is the superior athletic program for the time being.
UNLV is underrated, but not good enough to knock off the No. 6 Aztecs on road.
Both teams have been somewhat surprising so far. I’ll take the Aggies at home.
If the Shockers want to shock some teams in March these are games they have to win.
Colorado is a Big 12 sleeper this year, but beating the Wildcats in Manhattan is a tough task.
I love the Dogs this year to make the Big Dance. This would be a nice road win.
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