Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#831 Georgetown 151.5 vs.
#832 Marquette -8
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8:30pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes

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Georgetown travels to Milwaukee to face Marquette on Wednesday night from Fiserv Forum on FS1. The Hoyas have dropped to 5-9 in the Big East, while the Golden Eagles are 7-7.

These two teams last met on Jan. 18 with Marquette winning 84-80 on the road.

Struggles continue

Georgetown still ranks a respectable 54 overall on KenPom and is a 58 in the Net Rankings. But that won't be enough to get them in the NCAA Tournament. In Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology, they are listed as the next four out, so they have a lot of work to do. The Hoyas are coming off a difficult 74-68 road loss to lowly DePaul on Saturday as a 3-point dog. Injuries and departures have devastated this team, though star center Omar Yurtseven (15.8ppg, 10rpg) did return from injury against the Blue Demons. He did have eight rebounds in 25 minutes but went 1-for-7 from the field and scored just five points. The good news is that he returned for the first time since a Feb. 8 win over DePaul. Terrell Allen led Georgetown with 21 points and 8 rebounds on 7-14 shooting, while Jamorko Prickett added 19 points and seven rebounds.

Getting Yurtseven back is helpful, but this is a squad that still has just six scholarship players. They really need sophomore guard Mac McClung (15.7ppg) to get back in the mix. He's been dealing with a foot injury, missed the DePaul game and played in just eight minutes in the previous game against Providence (73-63 loss). The Hoyas allow 72.9 points per game on 42.6% shooting (35.4% 3pt). Some of that is due to tempo, as they rank 67th in the nation with 73.4 possessions per game. Offensively, they average 75.8 points per game on 44.1% shooting (34.5% 3pt) and 77.6% (14th) free throw shooting. They also outrebound teams by 3.3 per game.

Eagles beginning to fade

According to Lunardi, Marquette would have a 7th seed in the East in the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today. However, the Golden Eagles have lost three straight games to Villanova (72-71), to Creighton at home as a 3.5-point favorite (73-65) and at Providence (84-72) on Saturday as a 1.5-point dog. This streak came after winning three straight, a streak that put them over the top. In their win over the Friars, guard Markus Howard scored 38 points on 10-of-25 shooting (15-17 FT) in 38 minutes, but nobody else scored more than 10 points. The Golden Eagles shot just 41% from the field (6-20 3pt) and turned the ball over 18 times. They also allowed the Friars to shoot 51% from the field and 8-of-20 (40%) from beyond the arc.

Howard leads the nation in points per game with 27.1 on 40.8% shooting and 39.2% three-point shooting. The next highest scorer in Sacar Anim with 12.8 points per game on 42.9% shooting (38.5% 3pt). According to KenPom, Marquette ranks 28th overall, 23rd in adjusted offensive efficiency and 57th in adjusted defensive efficiency. They average 77.2 points per game (38th) on 42.6% shooting (37.8% 3pt). The Golden Eagles outrebound teams by 4.1. They hold teams to 40.9% shooting and 31.2% from beyond the arc.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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One thing this Georgetown team has done is fight all year. Even if McClung misses this game, the Hoyas are used to playing without him. They did lose that first game at home despite shooting 51% from the field because Howard had 42 points. McClung is not known for his defense and his loss isn't felt on the defensive end. Yurtseven had 22 points and 11 boards in that first meeting and should be better after his last performance. At 7-0, 255, he creates matchup problems against Theo John (6-9, 255) and the rest of the Marquette bigs. Take the dog.

Prediction: Georgetown +7.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The first game easily went over the total of 156. This one is probably lower because of Georgetown's issues with injuries. Yet, the Hoyas have still gone over in three of their first five games and three of the last four against Marquette. The Golden Eagles also have the 51st-ranked pace in the nation and at home, should be able to keep that pace up with a score once again in the 80's.

Prediction: Over 151.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Georgetown is a feisty team, but they have to face Howard and that Marquette offense on the road. I think the Golden Eagles have the advantage in the first half, not just because they're at home, but also the fact that the Hoyas keep adjusting their lineups due to injury. I'll take Marquette in the first half, but the Hoyas to cover the game.

Prediction: Marquette -4.5 first half

Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!