Dozens of games adorn the Wednesday College Basketball slate, but our attention is drawn to a Big East showdown in the nation’s capital. The Creighton Bluejays will head to the Capital One Arena to square off with the Georgetown Hoyas.
The Big East shapes up to be really competitive this season, but we can also consider it to be pretty open. That said, both squads have work to do to keep pace with the conference heavyweights. Creighton has opened up conference play at 2-2, while Georgetown checks in at 1-3.
Seton Hall and Butler are unblemished in Big East play thus far and are ahead of the pack, while Villanova and Providence are nipping at their heels with a loss apiece. The Bluejays and Hoyas can still get in the mix, but both squads need to get it together on the consistency front.
The spread is tight and the matchup is pretty even across the board, so we should be in line for a competitive back-and-forth affair. Let’s dig into the matchup in full detail, starting with the current game lines.
Creighton Bluejays vs. Georgetown Hoyas, 7 PM EST, CBSSN
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Creighton last took the floor on Saturday at Xavier. They were 3.5-point underdogs at tipoff, but the game broke in different fashion. After taking a 32-27 lead at the half, the Bluejays would maintain control after the break and cruise to a 77-65 win. The victory snapped a two-game skid with losses coming to Villanova and Butler. Creighton opened conference play with a win over Marquette.
Georgetown was also last in action on Sunday. They were on the road at Villanova as 8-point underdogs. The Hoyas were only trailing by a score of 39-36 at the half, but the Wildcats poured it on from there and exited with an 80-66 win. The loss came on the heels of a home win over St. John’s last week. The Hoyas opened up Big East play with back-to-back losses to Providence and Seton Hall.
The start of the season was decent for the Bluejays as they opened up at 4-2. The team caught fire from there and ripped off eight straight wins, a span that started with an overtime victory over Texas Tech and wrapped with a double-digit win over Marquette. Creighton dropped its next two to ranked Butler and Villanova teams, but they managed to bounce back last time out with the win over Xavier.
The Hoyas were up and down to begin the year as they started things off at 4-3. Over that span, they took down a ranked Texas team and lost to Duke. Georgetown got it together from there and put together a stretch of six straight wins. The strong play didn’t carry over once the Big East season began. The club is just 1-3 versus familiar foes thus far and has dropped three of its last four.
The two squads are pretty close in all of the major statistical categories. The most notable difference comes in points allowed, as the Bluejays have been the stronger defensive team. Shooting is in range, while the Hoyas are turning the ball over more often. Add it all up, and these two Big East programs just aren’t that far apart for the season to date.
Marcus Zegarowski leads the way on offense for Creighton. He’s averaging 17.1 points and 4.8 assists per contest. Ty-Shon Alexander is next up with averages of 16.0 points and 6.1 boards per game. Mitch Bullock chips in 12.6 points, while Denzel Mahoney contributes 10.6. Aegarowski, Alexander, and Ballock are averaging 30+ minutes per game, while two other Bluejays are averaging 20+.
Omer Yurtseven is the biggest offensive force for Georgetown. He’s averaging 16.5 points, 9.7 boards, and 1.6 blocks per game. Mac McClung is next up at 15.9 points per contest. James Akinjo rounds out the top options with averages of 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Two Hoyas are averaging 30+ minutes per game, while four others are averaging 20+.
Creighton holds a dominant 5-0 edge in recent meetings with Georgetown, but the teams are tied up at 5-5 over the last 10 times they have hooked up. Last season, the Bluejays picked up a 91-87 road win, and followed that up with an 82-69 home victory.
For the season to date, Creighton is 8-8 against the spread and 6-10 on the Over/Under. Georgetown is 9-8 ATS thus far and 8-9 on totals.
Since 2017, the Bluejays are 7-16 straight-up as a road underdog and 8-15 ATS. The Hoyas are 26-8 overall as home favorites over that span and 13-21 ATS.
This is an intriguing meeting of two Big East squads who have some work to do to keep pace in the competitive conference. The overall matchup is pretty even. Creighton gets the shooting and defensive advantage, while Georgetown has the deeper rotation.
The Bluejays have owned the Hoyas in recent times, but Georgetown has been solid on the home floor this season at 8-2. Creighton is 2-2 on the road thus far. In a close matchup such as this one, the home court advantage can’t be discounted.
We’ll look for that to be the ultimate difference-maker in what should be a close and competitive affair. Georgetown gets the win and cover in a tight one.