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 continueGeorgetown 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 fadeAccording 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.
- 5-1 ATS last 6 Wednesday games.