The Georgetown Hoyas will host the Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East showdown Saturday afternoon from the Capital One Arena. The Golden Eagles recorded a decisive 85-65 home win against Xavier on Wednesday, and the Hoyas posted an 83-80 home win over #25 Creighton in their previous action. Each team recorded a road win in last year’s two-game season series.
Marquette Demolishes Xavier for Second Big East Win
The Marquette Golden Eagles enter this one with momentum. They erased a mini two-game slide with a dominating 85-65 home win over Xavier on Wednesday to cover the three-point spread. The Golden Eagles shooting has been inconsistent so far in Big East play which has resulted in a 2-3 record.
Look out for Markus Howard in this one. The senior guard is red-hot, sinking at least 29 points in six straight games. Howard is the top scorer in the Big East and has lifted his season average to a remarkable 27.3 PPG on 42% shooting. Sacar Anim has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last four games. The senior guard rebounded with 12 points on Wednesday and he has compiled an average of 12 points on a 45% clip from the field. Koby McEwen is starting to improve his play, shooting 50% in two straight games. Overall he is having a rough season, posting 9.8 PPG on 33% shooting.
The Golden Eagles are ranked 34th in all of DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and stand at 1-3 in their three true road games. Marquette is averaging 77.2 points, ranking them 52nd overall. They are holding opponents to only 67.9 points, placing them 155th in the country.
Georgetown Topples #25 Creighton
The Georgetown Hoyas will look to even their Big East record to 3-3 in this one. They have won two out of their last three games including a dominating win against St. John’s and an 83-80 home win against #25 Creighton on Wednesday night to cover the three-point spread. The Hoyas offense has been their top strength.
Omer Yurtseven is playing well and is coming off a 20 point effort in Wednesday’s victory. The 7-foot center has now reached the 20 point mark five times this season, and he is averaging 16.7 PPG and 9.9 RPG on the season. Mac McClung is locked in, sinking at least 19 points in three out of his last four games The sophomore guard is only shooting 41% on the year, and he has increased his season average to 16.1 PPG. Jamorko Pickett has scored double-digits in three out of his last four games. The junior forward is contributing in all areas and is now averaging 9.3 PPG and 6 RPG.
The Hoyas are ranked 46th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and hold an 9-2 home record. Georgetown is scoring an average of 79 points, good for 32nd overall. Their defensive play has been an issue at times and they are conceding an average of 73.1 points, positioning them 272nd in DI.
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