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2011 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament – #19 Connecticut Huskies vs #22 Georgetown Hoyas

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UConn vs. Georgetown Matchup
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 9 12 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Broadcast: ESPN
Huskies at Hoyas lines by Bookmaker.com
Pointspread: Hoyas
Over/Under: OFF

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The 2011 Big East Tournament second round kicks off with the No.9 seed Connecticut Huskies taking on the No.8 seed Georgetown Hoyas this Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Connecticut used its opening round game against No.16 seed DePaul as a brisk workout in hopes of correcting a slide that saw the Huskies drop four of their final five regular season games. The 97-71 victory over the Blue Demons as a 14 ½-point favorite was hardly unexpected from a team that was in the top 10 rankings earlier in the season. The win was the Huskies 22nd of the year against nine defeats. They are now 14-11 against the spread.

Kemba Walker led the way for UConn in the Big East opener with a game-high 26 points. Jeremy Lamb added another 19 points as the Huskies built a 17 point lead at the half and never looked back. One area where Connecticut completely dominated an out-manned DePaul team was under the boards with a 44-20 advantage in rebounds.

Georgetown suffered through a slide itself down the stretch with four losses in its final five games including a 69-47 loss to Cincinnati as a four-point road underdog in the season finale. The Hoyas finished the regular season 21-9 SU (15-14 ATS) and 10-8 SU in Big East play, which was good enough to earn a first round bye for this tournament.

Austin Freeman remains Georgetown’s biggest scoring threat with an average 17.8 points a game. Chris Wright is the team’s second leading scorer with 13.1 points a game and he leads in assists with 5.4. The Hoyas are shooting 48 percent from the field and averaging 71 points a game.

This is UConn’s big chance to get back on track; taking on a team it beat 78-70 earlier in the season as a 2 ½-point home favorite. Stick with the Huskies come out on top in this one to earn a shot at taking out the No.1 seed Pittsburgh Panthers in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Trends:
Under is 9-2 in UCONN last 11 Wed. games.
Over is 20-7 in UCONN last 27 neutral site games.
Under is 7-1 in GT last 8 Wed. games.
UCONN are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Pick: Connecticut 74-69

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