Game Notes & Preview: Providence (12-7, 2-4) at Georgetown (10-8, 1-4) 1/16/17


Where: Verizon Center – Washington, DC

When: 9:00pm EST

How: FS1 (Justin Kutcher & Tarik Turner)/Fox Sports GO (Where Available)/WEEI 103.7 FM and Friars.com (John Rooke and Joe Hassett)/FriarTV

Game Notes

  • Providence and Georgetown will meet for the 70th time ever on Monday. The Hoyas lead the all-time series, 44-25. Providence is 6-23 all-time against Georgetown in Washington, DC. The Friars swept the Hoyas in both regular season meetings last season and are riding a 5-game winning streak against Georgetown, including a win at home earlier this season on January 4th at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
  • Providence is 0-5 this season on the road against an 11-1 record at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars are also 1-1 on neutral courts.
  • Georgetown is 10-8 this season. The Hoyas started league play 0-4 before getting their first Big East win on January 9th against St. John’s. Their last game was on Saturday against former Big East foe, Connecticut. The Hoyas won that game, 72-69. Georgetown was picked to finish T-4th in the preseason Big East Coaches’ Poll. The Hoyas are led by John Thompson III, who is in his 13th season at the helm of the Georgetown program. Graduate student Rodney Pryor  leads the Hoyas in scoring at 18.0 points/game, which ranks him second in the Big East. Sophomore Jessie Govan leads the team in rebounding,  averaging 5.3 rebounds/game.
  • Opening Line: Providence +5 at Georgetown 1/16/17

Game Preview

Providence and Georgetown will meet for the second time in 12 days on Monday night as part of the Big East’s MLK Day Marathon. This is the final game of the day, tipping at 9pm on FS1. Providence has a 5-game winning streak against the Hoyas, including their win on January 4th at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Providence assistant coach Kevin Kurbec, talking to John Rooke and Joe Hassett on Saturday’s postgame radio show on 103.7 WEEI FM, indicated that the Friar staff feels they have a good gameplan against the Hoyas. That gameplan is likely to include attacking the Georgetown defense in an effort to get to the free throw line and blanketing Rodney Pryor to force him into another bad shooting game like they did last time out when Pryor went 6/18 from the field.

The probable starters according to the game notes are:

Providence
Georgetown

The keys to victory for Providence are to get to the free throw line early and often and force Georgetown to take tough, contested jump shots. The Friars had a big advantage in the last meeting at the free throw line. Making free throws helps offset the Friars’ deficiency in making field goals at a high percentage. If they are able to play aggressively on offense and force fouls against the Georgetown defenders then that advantage at the line could be the difference in a win or loss on the road. The Hoyas also took a lot of tough jump shots 12 days ago at the Dunk and if Jalen Lindsey can hold Rodney Pryor to 33% from the field again it will go a long way towards Providence notching their first road win of the season.

Prediction: Providence 71 Georgetown 70

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