Big East Teams Highlight Jimmy V Classic On Tuesday

By: Willie Bee | Monday, December 3, 2012

Texas Longhorns vs. Georgetown Hoyas
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12/04/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Georgetown -2, O/U 114
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Television: ESPN

Texas Longhorns: Madison Square Garden is once again the site for the Jimmy V Classic, where the Longhorns (5-2 straight-up, 2-3 against the spread) meet the Hoyas in Tuesday's opening tip. Texas dropped two of three at the Maui Invitational just before Thanksgiving, including an embarrassing 86-73 loss to Div-II Chaminade, a 16½-point underdog. The 'Horns rank 31st in the country, pulling down 40.7 rebounds per night, and are paced on the scoring end by sophomore Sheldon McClellan (17.0 points per game).

Georgetown Hoyas: Coach John Thompson III brings the Hoyas (5-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) into this matchup off a 37-36 home win vs. Tennessee last Friday. Laying 7½ in the contest, G'town lost the rebounding battle 35-27, missed five of its nine free throws and netted just 1-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc. The Hoyas are shooting better than 48 percent from the field on the season despite that ugly win, with scoring leader Greg Whittington (12.7 ppg) one of four players averaging in double figures.

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies
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12/04/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NC  State -5½, O/U 141
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NC State Wolfpack: A preseason Top 10 team, the Wolfpack (4-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) dropped to 18th in both polls before last week's 79-72 loss at Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. NC State was a 5½-point underdog in the contest and outscored by 10 at the free-throw line and 27-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. The 'Pack and Huskies have split their four previous meetings, with the two most recent matchups coming in the Round of 32 of the 2002 NCAA Tournament (a 77-74 UConn win) and same round of the 2005 event (a 65-62 NC State victory).

UConn Huskies: This will be the first appearance in the Jimmy V Classic for Connecticut (6-1 SU, 1-3 ATS), but the 108th time the Huskies have played at MSG, where they are 57-50 all-time as longtime members of the Big East. UConn had a rather lackluster showing against New Hampshire last week, posting a 61-53 victory in the unlined affair that saw the Huskies miss 13 of their 14 long-range shots and shoot under 37 percent overall. Shabazz Napier leads Connecticut with 18.6 ppg while Ryan Boatright chips in an average 13.7 along with a team-best 4.9 assists per game.

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