Tuesday's Best NCAAB Bets
Georgetown Hoyas at Seton Hall Pirates (1.5, 121.5)
Expect a display of physical basketball when No. 8 Georgetown travels to Seton Hall in the 94th meeting between the Big East rivals. Georgetown allows only 58.7 points and 38.4 percent from the field, while Seton Hall allows 63.2 points and 43.2 percent from the floor.
The Hoyas have won two straight and are tied for fourth place in the Big East; coach John Thompson’s team is trying to earn a two-round bye for finishing among the top four.
Hollis Thompson is coming off a double-double and is averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds; he had 14 points against the Pirates last season. He’s combined with Jason Clark (14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds) to provide an effective one-two offensive punch.
Seton Hall is trying to claw its way into the top eight and earn a first-round tournament bye; the Pirates are currently half a game behind West Virginia. Georgetown has dominated the recent series, winning six of the last seven meetings, including 80-75 a year ago.
North Carolina Tar Heels at North Carolina State Wolfpack (6.5, 150)
No. 7 North Carolina looks to keep pace with Duke and Florida State atop the ACC standings as the regular season draws to a close. The Tar Heels lead the nation in rebounding, averaging 46 boards per game and trail only Iona, scoring 82.8 points per game. UNC also ranks in the top 10 in assists and blocks.
The Tar Heels took care of business against Clemson over the weekend, maintaining their share of the conference lead. Harrison Barnes leads UNC and remains second in the ACC scoring race, averaging 18 points per game.
North Carolina State looks to avoid its third straight loss as they close out a three-game set against ACC co-leaders Duke, Florida State and North Carolina.
NC State boasts five players averaging double-figures and also leads the conference from the free throw line, shooting 73.9 percent. Scott Wood paces the Pack from the charity stripe, connecting on 91.9 percent - fourth-best in the nation and tops in the ACC.