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GEORGETOWN SEEKS 5TH STRAIGHT WIN HOSTING LOUISVILLE
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:10 PM EST

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (17-4, 6-2 in Big East)

at GEORGETOWN HOYAS (16-5, 5-4 in Big East)

Tip-off: Monday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Georgetown -5, Total: 143

Georgetown looks to extend its winning streak to five games when it hosts Louisville on Monday night. The Hoyas are outscoring opponents by an average of 75 to 65 during the streak and out-shooting them 51.0% FG to 41.0% FG. Sports scores.

The Hoyas, who are second in the nation in field-goal percentage (50.9%), shot 52.2% in Saturday’s 69-66 victory at Villanova. Austin Freeman (18.8 PPG, 47.2% three-pointers) scored 10 of Georgetown’s final 12 points and finished with a game-high 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting, his third contest with at least 30 this season. Freeman has scored in double-figures in 19 of 21 games this season, including six straight, and is averaging 24.3 points during the Hoyas’ four-game winning streak. He also tied a career-high with six assists against the Wildcats. Second-leading scorer Jason Clark (12.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 39.1% three-pointers) chipped in with 10 points, while Chris Wright (12.8 PPG, 5.6 APG), the third Hoyas player who averages double-figures, was held scoreless, finishing 0-for-3 from the floor with six assists. After Saturday’s victory over Villanova, Georgetown improved to 3-2 against teams that were ranked at the time it played them. It beat Missouri in overtime, 111-102, Memphis, 86-69 and the Wildcats, and fell to Notre Dame, 69-55 and Pittsburgh, 72-57.

Louisville has been living on the edge recently, as three of its past four wins have come by a single point. The Cardinals beat West Virginia, 55-54, on Jan. 26 and survived in double overtime at Connecticut, 79-78, on Saturday. Louisville also came back from an 18-point deficit with under six minutes left in a 71-70 stunner over Marquette on Jan. 15. Preston Knowles (15.1 PPG, 39.4% three-pointers) scored 15 against the Huskies (all after halftime), but shot just 6-of-15 from the floor. He’s hitting 40.6% of his field goals this season and is 10-for-39 (25.6%) in his past three contests. Peyton Siva (11.1 PPG, 5.0 APG, 51.0 FG%) scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting versus UConn, which was his highest point total since he scored 29 against Western Kentucky on Dec. 22. He’s made 18-of-25 field goals in his past four games. Like Georgetown, Louisville also holds a 3-2 mark against teams ranked at the time they played them. The Cardinals defeated Butler, 88-73, UNLV, 77-69 and the Huskies, and lost to Kentucky, 78-63, and Villanova, 88-74. Betting lines.

Georgetown has the edge in the all-time series, 6-4, but the two teams have split the past four meetings and are 3-3 ATS since 2000. Freeman scored 29 points on 9-of-12 shooting in last season’s 70-60 victory at Louisville. Although the Cardinals have been a good play this year at 10-7 ATS, the Hoyas are 13-7 ATS including four straight wins. This five-star FoxSheets trend also likes Georgetown to win and cover on Monday.

LOUISVILLE is 1-14 ATS (-14.4 Units) after one or more consecutive overs over the last 2 seasons. The average score was LOUISVILLE 74.5, OPPONENT 66.1 – (Rating = 5*).

This four-star FoxSheets trend expects the game will finish Under the total. Vegas odds.

GEORGETOWN is 17-2 UNDER (+14.8 Units) in home games after 4 or more consecutive wins since 1997. The average score was GEORGETOWN 74.2, OPPONENT 58.8 – (Rating = 4*).


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