On Saturday, the Georgetown Hoyas will look for their eight Big East tournament title as they take on West Virginia who would be happy with just one. The seventh-ranked Mountaineers may have a chance to take the number one seed in the NCAA tournament if they beat Georgetown at Madison Square Garden. West Virginia (26-6) currently has a starting lineup composed of entirely New York-area natives. The Mountaineers, who lost to Syracuse in the 2005 final, have not had an easy path to a second title game appearance. They beat Cincinnati in the quarterfinals 54-51 on a late game buzzer beating 3-pointer and then outlasted Notre Dame 53-51 in a semifinal victory Friday. On the other hand, Georgetown (23-9) will be appearing in the Big East final for the third time in the last four seasons and the 13h time since the tournament began in 1980. Georgetown knocked West Virginia out of the 2008 Big East tournament semifinals, but has since lost back-to-back meetings with the Mountaineers, including an 81-68 defeat in on March 1. Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke are the most likely No. 1 seeds for the NCAA tournament, but a win may put West Virginia in consideration. Listed below are your betting lines, trends and predictions for this Georgetown vs West Virginia Big East championship game.
Georgetown vs. West Virginia betting line and odds:
Georgetown +2 (-110)
vs West Virginia -2 (-110)
Over 132.5 (-110)
Under 132.5 (-110)
Georgetown vs West Virginia Predictions:
Spread Prediction – Greg Monroe, on his way to becoming another Georgetown star center as he had 23 points and 13 rebounds in the win 80-57 win against Marquette. He was also stellar in the upset win over top-seeded Syracuse. Expect him to have another big game. The Mountaineers overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to beat then-No. 9 ranked Villanova 68-66 in overtime last Saturday. West Virginia takes this game, take the Mountaineers to cover this 2 point spread.
Over/Under – West Virginia plays a 1-3-1 zone defense and it has helped them hold their last two opponents to 33.7 percent shooting. The under is 5-2 in the Mountaineers last 7 games overall. Look for this Big East championship game to be a defensive game, and throw down a bet on the under 132.5 total.