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No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Georgetown preview, picks for first round of 2021 NCAA Tournament

The Colorado Buffaloes and Georgetown Hoyas meet at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. We’ve got everything you need on both teams ahead of the game here.

How Georgetown could upset Colorado

March 19 update: Here are the updated bet splits for No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Georgetown as of March 19th at 11 a.m. from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Colorado: -6: 50% of action, 25% of bets
Georgetown: +6: 50% of action, 75% of bets

Over 138.5: 34% of action, 65% of bets
Under 138.5: 66% of action, 35% of bets

Update March 17: Here are the updated bet splits for Colorado vs. Georgetown as of March 18th at 10:00 a.m. from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Colorado -5: 54% of handle, 30% of bets
Georgetown +5: 46% of handle, 70% of bets
Over 138: 34% of handle, 72% of bets
Under 138: 66% of handle, 28% of bets

The No. 5 seed Colorado Buffaloes will take on the red hot Georgetown Hoyas as the No. 12 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 20th. Colorado is favored to win this game by a relatively short margin in a 5-12 matchup. It will tip off at 12:15 p.m. ET and will air on CBS.

No. 5 Colorado: 22-8 (14-6 Pac-12): At-large

KenPom rating: 17 Overall, 17 Offense, 29 Defense
NET ranking: 15, (3-4 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: McKinley Wright IV
Key stat: McKinley Wright IV averages 5.6 assists per game, which is the most in the Pac-12.

Colorado can hold their own on each end of the floor and does all the little things right. The Buffaloes rank second in the country in free throw percentage at 82.2% and average the second fewest turnovers per game in the Pac-12 with 11.2. Colorado plays well on the defensive end where they allow just 63 points per game, the fewest in the conference.

Watch for senior forward Jeriah Horne to find his shot from beyond the arc. He struggled in the Pac-12 title game with an 0-for-5 shooting performance from three, but he is shooting 42.1% from deep this year.

No. 12 Georgetown: 13-12 (7-9 Big East): Automatic Bid

KenPom rating: 55 Overall, 85 Offense, 41 Defense
NET ranking: 64 (3-9 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Jahvon Blair
Key stat:

Georgetown finished the regular season with a 9-12 record, but won four games in four days to win the Big East Tournament. The Hoyas’ biggest strength is their three-point shooting at 37.6%, which is second in the conference. They rebound the ball well especially on the offensive glass and are second in the conference in blocked shots.

Watch for big men Qudus Wahab and Jamorko Pickett to attack the offensive rebounds. Both average more than seven rebounds, and Wahab was second in the Big East with 2.5 offensive boards per game.

March Madness Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Point spread: Colorado -4.5
Point total: 138
Moneyline: Colorado -195, Georgetown +163

The Pick

Against The Spread Pick: Colorado -4.5
Point total pick: 138
Pick to Win: Colorado

It was a fun few days for the Georgetown basketball program under Patrick Ewing, but it’s coming to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas allow a lot of points and turn the ball over at a high rate, both of which do not bode well for an upset as five-point dogs. This game will be played at Colorado’s slower pace, and the under will cash as well.