Where: Verizon Center – Washington, DC
How: Fox Sports 1/WEEI 103.7 FM
- Including their game on January 8th at the Dunk, the all time series is now 43-20 in favor of the Hoyas.
- Providence’s win earlier this season snapped an 8 game losing streak vs. Georgetown
- The Friars have only won 4 times in Washington, DC
- Bryce Cotton is 2nd in the Big East in scoring (20.8 ppg) and Markel Starks is 5th (16.9 ppg)
- Bryce Cotton is 1st in the Big East in assists (5.9 apg) and Markel Starks is 6th (4.0 apg)
- Kadeem Batts is 4th (7.7 rpg) and LaDontae Henton is 5th (7.4 rpg) in the Big East in rebounds while Nate Lubick is 10th (6.0 rpg)
- Line opened at PC +4.5
Note: Rankings reflect Conference Games Only
When Providence has the ball
|Efficiency||106.0 4||102.9 5||104.3|
|Avg. Poss Length||19.6 0||18.4 0||17.9|
|Effective FG%:||47.2 6||46.2 1||49.5|
|Turnover %:||18.1 6||17.6 5||18.5|
|Off. Reb. %:||36.2 1||32.3 9||31.6|
|FTA/FGA:||42.4 2||48.7 9||40.8|
|3P%:||33.7 4||32.5 5||34.4|
|2P%:||45.6 9||44.9 1||48.5|
|FT%:||75.5 1||69.6 4||69.7|
|Block%:||7.2 2||12.8 3||9.8|
|Steal%:||9.7 9||9.0 4||9.1|
When Georgetown has the ball
|Efficiency||100.0 7||106.1 6||104.3|
|Avg. Poss Length||18.5 0||17.7 0||17.9|
|Effective FG%:||47.9 5||49.2 5||49.5|
|Turnover %:||18.8 9||15.1 8||18.5|
|Off. Reb. %:||29.3 7||29.0 4||31.6|
|FTA/FGA:||39.5 6||34.6 5||40.8|
|3P%:||33.3 6||32.0 3||34.4|
|2P%:||47.1 6||49.7 7||48.5|
|FT%:||69.3 9||73.9 8||69.7|
|Block%:||8.8 4||13.0 2||9.8|
|Steal%:||9.0 7||8.3 6||9.1|
This is as close to a must win game that Providence has had to date this season. Losing on Saturday at Xavier makes this game crucial to get if the Friars have any shot to get into the NCAA Tournament this March. The guys looked tired on Saturday but the defense was solid. Xavier only had 1 field goal (Semaj Christon layup after stealing the ball from Cotton with under 1 minute to play in the game) in the last 8+ minutes. The problem, as has been the case for most of PC’s losses this season, has been their inability to score the basketball.
Josh Fortune played his best game as a Friar on Saturday so hopefully he can carry that confidence forward to tonight’s game in Washington DC. Tyler Harris wasn’t awful on Saturday but with the way this team is shorthanded, he needs to be better than not awful. Mikael Hopkins has really come on for the Hoyas and getting Jabril Trawick has been a huge boost for this Georgetown team that comes into tonight on a 3 game winning streak.
Bryce Cotton was largely held in check on Saturday and it was only the 2nd time all season he failed to score in double figures. He was still able to dish out 7 assists but I’d rather he score near 20 points than give out more than 5 assists with the up and down shooting of this PC team.
It’s imperative that the Friars get out to a good shooting start and not fall behind because I just don’t think they will have the legs to mount a comeback of more than a few points. This will likely be a total old school Big East slug fest played in the 50’s or low 60’s. PC’s defense will keep them in this game and look for Carson Desrosiers to see more minutes again. I believe this team has something on turnarounds and will be able to pull this one out but it will be ugly.
Prediction: Providence 57 Georgetown 55