Wisconsin (3-1) vs Georgetown (2-2)
When: Tuesday, November 22nd 2016
Where: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, HI
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: ESPN2
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The Georgetown Hoyas knocked off 12th-ranked Oregon yesterday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational and now get a crack at another top 15 team when they battle the Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday. The Hoyas saw their 17-point halftime lead disappear against the Ducks, but then held them scoreless for a key three-minute stretch before sinking 7-of-8 free throws in the final 42 seconds for a 65-61 win. Senior guard Rodney Pryor was the star of the game for Georgetown, recording a double-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks against Oregon. Pryor is the second Georgetown player since 2004 to post at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. 6’10” center Jessie Copeland had 15 points and eight rebounds in last season’s 71-61 win over Wisconsin, while 6’9″ forward Isaac Govan added 13 points and three blocked shots. Georgetown rebounded nicely from an embarrassing home loss to Arkansas State last week and will look to keep the momentum going in Tuesday’s semifinal round.
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Wisconsin had a relatively easy time with Tennessee on Monday beating them 74-62 behind 21 points from Bronson Koenig. The Badgers have been below average from three-point territory so far this season, but were better on Monday than they were in their previous two games last week, shooting 7-for-19 against Tennessee compared to 11-for-39 in a loss to Creighton and 5-for-19 in a win against Chicago State. Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes bounced back from a three-point game against Chicago State, his lowest-scoring total since his freshman year, and scored a season-high 17 against Tennessee, sinking all three of his 3-point attempts and grabbing 10 rebounds for his first double-double since last December. Ethan Happ is also coming off his best game of the season to score 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting while grabbing six rebounds against Tennessee.
Wisconsin is a team that plays well in tournament-type situations and looked really good yesterday against the Vols. Georgetown frontcourt is good enough, though, to hang with the Badgers. I’m taking the points here tonight.
Pick: Georgetown +5.5