The Georgetown Hoyas (8-1) will be at home in Capital One Arena when they go head-to-head against the North Texas Mean Green (7-5). The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 144 points with Georgetown set as a 9.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
North Texas Mean Green vs. Georgetown Hoyas Betting Preview
The Mean Green won a close one over the San Diego Toreros in their last matchup, 86-83. Roosevelt Smart was the top scorer from either team with 31 points on 11-for-22 shooting. The Mean Green held the Toreros to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.2 (below their season average of 23.5) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.550 (above their season average of 0.537).
The last time the Hoyas played, they were beaten by the Syracuse Orange, 86-79. Jessie Govan led Georgetown in scoring with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Syracuse held the Hoyas to an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.5 (below their season average of 36.1). Georgetown, meanwhile, did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (25-30; 83.3 percent).
The aggressive Georgetown offense seems poised to dominate from the charity stripe. Dating back to last season, the Hoyas rank 13th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.316, while North Texas ranks 316th in FTA rate allowed (0.266).
Of North Texas 6 games with betting action, three have finished over the projected point total, while 3 of Georgetown’s 5 games have finished under the projected point total. The Hoyas have the better straight up (SU) record (8-1 vs. 7-5), but the Mean Green hold the substantial advantage against the spread (ATS) (5-1 vs. 1-5).
Smart has taken his game to another level over the last five games for North Texas, averaging 18.4 points per game.
North Texas Mean Green at Georgetown Hoyas ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Georgetown, ATS Winner – Georgetown, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Hoyas rank 22nd in rebounds per game (36.8) while the Mean Green rank 67th (36.6).
- Georgetown ranks ninth in assists per game (15.9) while North Texas ranks 160th (11.8).
- The Hoyas rank 44th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Mean Green rank 166th (2.9).
- North Texas averages 20.3 three pointers per game, which ranks 123rd in the NCAA. Georgetown ranks 190th in three pointers allowed per game (20.2).