OffshoreInsiders.com senior sports handicapper Matt Rivers' free Tuesday college basketball pick is on Georgia (-4.5) to Xavier.
Reasoning: Xavier had been playing some really good ball for a while and the victory on the road at Richmond by a billion was extremely impressive.
They had won seven straight at that point, but the last few games have not been so stellar, and traveling to Athens against a pretty good 16-6 Georgia team is going to be a tough tough task.
The Musketeers lost in surprising fashion to an extremely mediocre Charlotte squad and did not look very good over the weekend at home in the non-cover against St. Louis.
Of course, a game or two isn’t the end all and Jamel McLean and Tu Holloway are high-quality ballplayers, but I’m just not so sure that the X-Men or the Atlantic 10 as a whole are that good this season.
Mark Fox has done an amazing job in a short period of time with this Bulldog program. The crappy days of the Dennis Felton era are now long gone and the corrupt days of Jim Harrick and his nonsense are as well. Fox has brought legitimacy to the program, and it’s not like there aren’t players that call Stegman Coliseum their home.
Trey Thompkins is going to be a first-round draft choice and others like Gerald Robinson, Jeremy Ware and Dustin Price have really played very well and are very good.
The last game left little to be desired, as it took overtime to beat a terrible Auburn squad, but I’m a believer in UGA right now and do believe they are a legitimate Top-25-type team.
Xavier will compete because they pretty much always do, but it’s a weird spot for them to travel to Athens, and in the end, I think it will be an unsuccessful one against the Dawgs.
Top expert pick on this game: Georgia.
For more information: A 300,000* winner from the Association is what’s on the docket and it’s a play that pretty much can’t miss from Hotlanta. The superior Hawks are at home and hosting the surging 76ers. What gives? I know, do you? Tuesday’s card is up