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College Basketball Picks: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 15, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    The Georgetown Hoyas own the Big East Conference's longest current winning streak, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Friday night, when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Hoyas are three-point underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 117 in the market.

    With its 63-55 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles on Monday night, Georgetown has now won and covered the number in its last six contests.

    Let's take a closer look at this high-profile matchup that will be televised on ESPN starting at 9 p.m. ET, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.

Georgetown Hoyas

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    The Georgetown Hoyas have lost and failed to cover the spread in their last four meetings with the Cincinnati Bearcats, including a 72-70 overtime setback in last year's Big East Conference tournament.

    Sports bettors will find that the Hoyas are 3-2 against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points in their last five opportunities, with the UNDER going 4-1 in that situation. 

Cincinnati Bearcats

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    The Cincinnati Bearcats snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a convincing 68-50 victory over the Villanova Wildcats as 7.5-point home favorites last time out. They've gone UNDER the total in nine of their last 10 games overall.

    Sports bettors will find that the Bearcats have won 10 of their last 16 games versus ranked opponents.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Friday night, as the Cincinnati Bearcats haven't played a game with a total of 119.5 or less since at least the 1996-97 campaign.

    College Basketball Pick: Over 117

     

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