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Betting 'Big Monday' games

Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks have been struggling recently, losing three straight. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/MCT

With football season now over, college basketball has taken the spotlight for gamblers. That means it's time for your weekly chaser columns to turn to college basketball, which has games every night across the country, so there are plenty of opportunities to try to beat the lines.

Every Monday, we'll take a look at the two games airing on ESPN from a gambling perspective, with a pick on the game from Teddy Covers here on Insider.


Marquette Golden Eagles at Georgetown Hoyas

Spread: Georgetown -4.5

PickCenter breakdown

Teddy Covers says: "Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., a projected lottery pick in this summer's draft, continues to wow NBA scouts. Porter's jump shot and rebounding acumen have improved by leaps and bounds this year, and he's grown comfortable as the Hoyas' go-to guy during crunch time of tight games. Porter has been on a stellar run of late, scoring 17 or more while shooting 50 percent from the floor or better in six of his past seven ballgames.

"The Hoyas have won five straight (covering the spread in all five victories) and seven of their past eight, playing outstanding basketball on both ends of the court. Some of that recent success has been schedule related -- they've faced Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's (twice), South Florida and Providence during this streak; not exactly a 'who's who' of elite Big East teams. And the most impressive win during this run came at home against Louisville by only 2 points, not enough to cover tonight's point spread.

"So despite Georgetown's recent success, there are legitimate reasons to think that they'll struggle to cover the spread here. Let's not forget that John Thompson III's squad has a losing ATS mark at home this year and a losing ATS mark as favorites.