Sportsline computer picks college basketball

Villanova vs. Georgetown odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, March 7 predictions from top model

SportsLine’s proven computer model simulated Saturday’s Georgetown vs. Villanova game 10,000 times.

  • by CBS Sports Staff
  • Mar 7, 2020 at 8:56 am ET • 2 min read

The No. 14 Villanova Wildcats are still alive for a share of the Big East Conference regular-season championship when they meet the host Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday. The Wildcats (23-7), who are tied for second in the league with Creighton at 12-5, need to win and have Creighton defeat Seton Hall to claim a title share, while the Hoyas (15-15) would love to play spoiler and snap a five-game losing streak.

Tip-off from Capital One Center in Washington, D.C., is set for noon ET. The Wildcats are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Villanova vs. Georgetown odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 144.5. Before making any Georgetown vs. Villanova picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has crushed its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread the past three years, returning $2,770 to $100 players. It also entered Week 18 of the 2019-20 season on a 72-48 run on all top-rated college basketball picks. Anybody who followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Villanova vs. Georgetown. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball odds and trends for Villanova vs. Georgetown:

  • Villanova vs. Georgetown spread: Villanova -7.5
  • Villanova vs. Georgetown over-under: 144.5 points
  • Villanova vs. Georgetown money line: Villanova -360, Georgetown +274
  • VU: Averaging 73.3 points per game
  • GU: 12th in the nation in free throw percentage at 77.6

Why Villanova can cover

The Wildcats have been on a roll, winning six of their last seven. Sophomore forward Saddiq Bey leads the Wildcats in scoring at 16.0 points per game. He is also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and has scored 20 or more points in six of the last nine games. Bey has reached double-figures in five straight games. In the last meeting against the Hoyas, Bey scored a career-high 33 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the three-point line.

Why Georgetown can cover

Even so, the Wildcats aren’t a lock to cover the Georgetown vs. Villanova spread. That’s because the Hoyas are more than capable of springing the upset. Georgetown won its last home meeting against Villanova, posting an 85-73 win on Feb. 20, 2019. The Hoyas have also won five of their last nine home games against the Wildcats.

Offensively, junior guard Jahvon Blair has carried the load for the Hoyas, averaging 11 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He has reached double-figures in three straight games, including a 22-point effort at Creighton last Wednesday. He scored 30 in a 76-72 win over DePaul on Feb. 8.

How to make Villanova vs. Georgetown picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, saying seven players will reach double-figures. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in nearly 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

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