UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad To Make Debut Vs. Georgetown

By: Willie Bee | Monday, November 19, 2012

UCLA Bruins vs. Georgetown Hoyas
College Basketball Betting Preview Date:
11/19/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: UCLA -5½, O/U 128
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Television: ESPN2

UCLA Bruins: An early showdown of unbeatens is part of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn, where the Bruins (3-0 straight-up, 2-1 against the spread) take on the Hoyas. UCLA got great news over the weekend when the NCAA reinstated Shabazz Muhammad after the true freshman was suspended the first three games. The Las Vegas prep star will join an incredibly talented rotation for Coach Ben Howland that includes guards Larry Drew II and Norman Powell, plus two more top frosh recruits, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, on the perimeter, and a frontcourt that finds the Wear twins, David and Travis, plus Joshua Smith and yet another freshman in Tony Parker. The Bruins bounced back from a near-embarrassment vs. UC-Irvine with a resounding 100-70 win vs. James Madison last Thursday as 16-point favorites. UCLA has won the last two meetings with Georgetown, the most recently in 2003 as 10½-point road 'dogs.

Georgetown Hoyas: Weather wiped out a good measuring stick for Coach John Thompson III and the Hoyas (2-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) when their season-opener against Florida was halted aboard the USS Bataan a little more than a week ago. This battle with the Bruins will definitely help make up for that for power ratings, providing a proverbial test of offense against the vaunted G'town defense. Bettors are definitely going to watch for updates regarding Otto Porter, the talented sophomore forward who was upgraded to probable on Monday after suffering from a concussion (click to check updated college basketball injury report). He missed Georgetown's 68-59 win over Liberty last Wednesday, an unlined affair that saw the Hoyas unable to buy a bucket from 3-point land (2-for-15). Greg Whittington was a perfect 8-for-8 inside the arc to lead the team with 18 points, but he missed all five long-range heaves in the victory. Georgetown is shooting a pedestrian 45.5 percent from the field so far and among the worst in the country on the offensive glass (7.0 rebounds per game).

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