St. Joseph’s and Georgetown will both be hoping to bounce back from double-digit losses when they square off in the consolation game at the Wooden Legacy on Friday night. The Hawks were blown out by No. 24 USC, marking their third consecutive loss. Georgetown was unable to extend its two-game winning streak, falling to San Diego State in a blowout.
Hawks struggle from get-go against USCSt. Joseph’s entered this event as the lowest-ranked team and it appears that they will finish in last place, barring an upset in this game. The Hawks have now dropped three consecutive games, falling to Drexel, Monmouth and No. 24 USC. USC took the lead less than four minutes into the game and never trailed again in what was a comprehensive effort. St. Joseph’s hit just 19.4% of its attempts from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 15 times.
The Hawks have dropped to No. 214 in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency ratings and are No. 214 in turnover rate as well. They are not shooting well from any spot on the floor, which makes it tough to compete with teams that have more talent. St. Joseph’s will be facing a Georgetown defense that ranks No. 84 in adjusted efficiency. Forward Taylor Funk leads the Hawks with 17.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while guard Jordan Hall is adding 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds. Forward Ejike Obinna was the team’s leading scorer on Thursday and is the top rebounder on the roster overall this season.
Hoyas hoping to bounce backGeorgetown was not expected to win this event either, but it entered the tournament with more hope than St. Joseph’s. The Hoyas had won and covered in games against American and Sienna prior to this event. They were unable to do either of those things against San Diego State on Thursday night, losing in a 73-56 final in the nightcap. Georgetown stayed close longer than St. Joseph’s did against USC, but it still never led in the second half.
FINAL FROM ANAHEIM - #Hoyas 56, San Diego State 73— Georgetown Hoops (@GeorgetownHoops) November 26, 2021
Dante Harris and Aminu Mohammed combine for 39 points.
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The Hoyas struggled from the perimeter as well, making just 20.0% of their attempts from beyond the arc. They rank No. 110 in adjusted offensive efficiency this season, sitting around No. 150 in most of KenPom’s key metrics. This is a favorable matchup, as St. Joseph’s is No. 244 in defensive efficiency. Guard Aminu Mohammed leads the team with 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Guard Dante Harris is scoring 13.5 points, while guards Donald Carey and Kaiden Rice are both in double figures as well.
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St. Joseph’s was an awful team last season and it has not seemed to improve after losing its best player (Ryan Daly). The Hawks are going to have problems competing with talented teams, as they are not fundamental enough to make up for a lack of skill. Their one key advantage is being the tenth-tallest team in the country, but Georgetown is able to counter that factor. The Hoyas are better on both ends of the court and are going to be motivated after losing to San Diego State last night. They took care of business against bad teams prior to this event and I expect that to continue on Friday.
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Georgetown should be getting easy buckets against this St. Joseph’s defense throughout the night. The Hoyas play at one of the fastest paces in the nation, ranked No. 29 in average possession length. They are facing a defense that does not force many turnovers and gives up easy looks to its opponents. St. Joseph’s has some capable scoring options, though, so it will do its part to get this game over the total. Neither team shot well from the 3-point line on Thursday, but their season-long numbers are solid and they will be more adjusted to the atmosphere this time around.