NCAA Tournament 2021 – #12 Georgetown Hoyas (13-12) vs #5 Colorado Buffaloes (22-8)
Big East vs Pac-12
This Georgetown vs Colorado pick is for the initial 2021 NCAA Tournament Round One East Region game. In this game, the Hoyas are favored and at -6.0 (-112), while the Buffaloes are at +6.5 (-105). Georgetown finished eighth in the Big East and beat the Creighton Bluejays 73-48 in the conference tourney finals. Over their last five games, they’ve gone 4-1, winning their last four games. The Colorado Buffaloes, who’ve won four of their last five games, finished third in the Pac-12. In the Pac-12 Tournament Finals, the Buffaloes lost to the Oregon State Beavers 68-70. The Hoyas and Buffaloes will meet on Saturday, March 20 at 12:15 pm ET. The game will take place at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. We’ve got all of the East Regions picks, including Iona vs Alabama.
Georgetown vs Colorado Pick – Stats
There are three categories to consider when analyzing this matchup. The first is rebounding. The Hoyas have the edge there, 40.2 RPG to 35.0 RPG. The second area is foul shooting. In that area, the Buffaloes are better, hitting an impressive 82.2% of their frees to Georgetown’s respectable 75.4%. The third and final area to consider is ball control. The Buffaloes turn the ball over four times less per game than the Hoyas.
All other team stats are fairly equal. Georgetown is averaging 71.4 PPG, 12.8 APG, 5.9 SPG, and 3.9 BPG. The breakdown for Colorado in those four areas is 73.0 PPG, 13.2 APG, 5.3 SPG, and 2.8 BPG. The Hoyas are shooting 42.4% from the floor and 36.6% from the arc. The Buffaloes are good on 45.4% of their field goals and 36.7% of their three-pointers.
Georgetown’s strength is in the paint as three of four of their double-digit scorers are frontcourt players. A 59.1% shooter, center Qudus Wahab is averaging 12.4 PPG. He’s also recording 8.0 RPG and 1.6 BPG. Forward Jamorko Pickett is good for 12.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG, while fellow forward Chudier Bile is averaging 10.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG. In the backcourt, Jahvon Blair tops the team with 15.8 PPG and 3.7 APG. Counterpart Dante Harris is scoring 8.0 PPG, while dishing off 3.2 RPG. This is a well-balanced team.
For the Buffaloes, point guard McKinley Wright IV, a 48.4% shooter, commands the floor. He leads Colorado with 5.6 APG and 15.5 PPG. Also, in the backcourt, D’Shawn Schwartz is contributing 8.9 PPG while grabbing 4.0 RPG. From downtown, Schwartz is shooting 36.9%. In the frontcourt, three forwards, Jeriah Horne, Evan Battey, and Jabari Walker, get the job done. Horne is averaging 11.4 PPG and 5.8 RPG. He’s hitting 48% from the field and 42% from downtown. Battey is recording 10.2 PPG and 5.4 RPG, while Walker’s recording the following, 52 FG% and 49 3PT%. He’s averaging 7.3 PPG and 4.4 RPG.
Georgetown vs Colorado Pick – Final Thoughts
Our Georgetown vs Colorado pick likes the Buffaloes. Their free-throw shooting and ball control should keep them in the game. Of course, the Hoyas could take over this game by controlling the boards. However, even if this happens, we find that Colorado should keep the game relatively close.
#12 Georgetown Hoyas vs #5 Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado Buffaloes at +6.5 (-105)