NCAA Basketball: Top Games and Betting Picks Feb. 21 Edition
Heading into the final couple of weeks of the regular season, we have reached the point where the jockeying for position is heading into full swing. The #1 spot has not yet been totally locked up, with a few teams still in with a shot at ending the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. Xavier will continue their quest to be the best with a trip to Georgetown on Wednesday night. Virginia will try to hold off the pack when they welcome in Georgia Tech, while Alabama will look to get off the bubble in an SEC battle with ranked Auburn. So, let’s take a closer look at these three games, their betting picks and available odds.
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#4 Xavier Musketeers Vs Georgetown Hoyas
What: #4 Xavier Musketeers (24-4) Vs Georgetown Hoyas (15-10)
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 5:30 PM CT
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
The Line: TBA
The Xavier Musketeers saw their bid to be #1 take a real hit over the weekend with a crushing 95-79 loss to Villanova. They now really need to win their final three games and hope for some help if they want to get out of their current #4 ranking. The Musketeers are still on top in the Big East, but the lead is now down to a half-game after the loss to Villanova.
The Georgetown Hoyas will not be a part of the tournament this year, but they will look to end their regular season by playing the role of spoiler. They come into this one with back to back win under their belts, and it’s worth remembering that they were very competitive in a 96-91 loss to Xavier last time out. I think we can expect another win for Xavier here by a similar margin.
Predicted Score: Xavier Musketeers 82 Georgetown Hoyas 74.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Vs #1 Virginia Cavaliers
What: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-16) Vs #1 Virginia Cavaliers (24-2)
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 6:00 PM CT
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
The Line: TBA
At 11-16 on the year, it’s fair to suggest that this has been a nightmare season for the Yellow Jackets. They are in a funk right now that shows no sign of coming to an end, with just 1 win in their last 10 games. This is a team that struggles to score on a nightly basis, which does not bode well when they are going on the road to face the best team in the nation.
Virginia is the #1 team in the nation and has just 4 games remaining on the season. Win all 4 of those games and they are in, but as they showed last week, there is always the chance of another surprise loss, much like the one that they took to Virginia Tech. Rivalry games tend to be a little harder to predict, though, and they should navigate their final 2 weeks without too much of an issue.
Predicted Score: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 54 Virginia Cavaliers 69.
What: Alabama Crimson Tide (17-10) Vs #12 Auburn Tigers (24-4)
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 7:30 PM CT
Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama
The Line: TBA
Barring a major collapse in the final couple of weeks, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be in the tournament, although they need a strong finish if they want a decent seeding when March Madness begins. The Tide is looking to bounce back from an 81-71 loss to Kentucky over the weekend and would love a repeat of the 76-71 win they had over Auburn earlier this season.
Over the last couple of weeks, Auburn has developed a habit of losing to SEC opponents that they should really be handling. They are 2-2 in their last 4, with losses to Texas A&M and South Carolina mixed in there. They currently have a 2-game lead atop the SEC standings, and you feel that a couple of wins in the final two weeks would give them the regular season conference crown.
Predicted Score: Alabama Crimson Tide 73 Auburn Tigers 77.
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