The Georgia Bulldogs (4-2) and Colorado Buffaloes (3-2) will meet up inside the Coors Events Center in Boulder, CO, Monday night with the tip-off scheduled for 8:30 ET.
Georgia Bulldogs at Colorado Buffaloes
Georgia was handed a 70-56 loss by the Xavier Musketeers last time out as 10.5-point road underdogs, missing its first 11 shots and never being able to recover. “We got off to a very slow start,” stated Bulldogs coach Mark Fox. The Bulldogs are currently playing a seven-game stretch that’s incredibly difficult, leading the program to come into this week as the No. 31 team in the RPI standings. It’s important to note that the squad tallied an 83-74 win as 5.5-point home favorites in last year’s meeting. Georgia is 20-14 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.
The Bulldogs have won six of seven prior meetings with the Buffaloes, but have proven victorious just three times in their past 13 games against Pac-12 Conference competition. Georgia is led in scoring by freshman guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is averaging 13.3 points and has been in a double-digit scorer in all six games this year. The program has handled the losses of four key players from a year ago relatively well, but it’s a tough climb to replace 43.4 points and 23.7 rebounds from that group.
Colorado enters on a two-game win streak and will play its first home game since its season opener on Nov. 11, bringing in a 25-game win streak against non-conference foes when serving as host in Boulder. The current run ranks second all-time in school history, with the Buffaloes winning 35 in a row in this situation from 1976 to 1981. Three players are currently averaging double figures, led by senior guard Austin Dufault, who checks in with 13.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. Colorado is 12-12 ATS as a favorite and the ‘over’ is 12-11 in that situation the last two-plus years.
The Buffaloes have played a very challenging schedule as well in the early going, with their only two losses coming against Wichita State and Maryland, staying within double-digits in both of those contests. Colorado is averaging 71.5 points per game and shoots 38.7 percent from beyond the arc, which is 10 percent points higher than Georgia (28.3). A player to watch tonight is sophomore guard Andre Roberson, who is averaging a double-double, trying to become the first player in the program to do so since the 2001-02 season.
Bettors will likely back the Buffaloes due to their 4-1 ATS mark as a favorite of 6.5 points or less, while the Bulldogs are 4-10 ATS versus non-conference competition.
Recommendation: Colorado Buffaloes -3
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