Big East Tournament
(7) Marquette (13-13, 8-11) vs. (10) Georgetown (9-12, 7-9)
- Time: 12PM PST | 2PM CST | 3PM EST
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- TV: FS1
Both Marquette and Georgetown have been hot down the stretch as the Golden Eagles have won four of their last five while the Hoyas are 4-2 with the two losses coming to UConn.
Marquette may have regained it’s confidence when it took an 83-70 win at North Carolina on February 24th while Georgetown finally got it’s feet under it around the beginning of February and has gone 6-4 since it took an 86-79 win at Creighton on February 3rd.
The Golden Eagles have a 17-13 lead in this series and they have won four of the last five in the series and they have won the previous two times they have played in the Big East Tournament.
Marquette won 64-60 at Georgetown on January 2nd and the second meeting in Milwaukee was postponed due to covid protocols on January 20th and it was not made up.
Vs. The Spread
- The Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marquette’s last 6 games
- Marquette is 4-2 in it’s last 6 games vs. Georgetown
- The Hoyas are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games
- The OVER has been the play in 4 of the last 6 Hoyas-Golden Eagles games
- Georgetown is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games played in March
Last Time Out
Marquette defeated Xavier, 66-59, last Saturday as D.J. Carton scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds. The Golden Eagles shot 51.1 percent from the floor and staved off every Musketeers run down the stretch. Jamal Cain had 13 points and seven rebound as Marquette held Xavier to 4-for-24 from three.
Georgetown trailed wire-to-wire as the Hoyas were the latest to succumb to the hot UConn Huskies, 98-82, in Storrs. Connecticut led the Hoyas, 51-24, at halftime before Georgetown turned around with a 58-point second half. Jahvon Blair finished with 22 for the Hoyas while Qudus Wahab added 16.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Marquette||-3 (-119)||-167||O 143 (-110)|
|Georgetown||+3 (-101)||+147||U 143 (-110)|
From an offensive standpoint, the Golden Eagles will look to pound the paint with three starting forwards in leading scorer Dawson Garcia (13.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg) , Jamal Cain (9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Theo John (8.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg). The Golden Eagles shoot 52.1 percent from inside the arc, but will face a stiff challenge in the interior with athletic Georgetown bigs in 6-11 center Qudus Wahab and 6-9 Jamorko Pickett. John makes 57.8 percent of his shots while Garcia, a member of the Big East all-freshman team, converts 48 percent.
Key Golden Eagles Stat:
A triplicate of guards in D.J. Carton, Koby McEwen and Greg Elliott put pressure on Georgetown’s perimeter defense as Elliott leads the Big East by making 45.9 percent of his threes. Carton is consistent under pressure as he has led Marquette to wins in the second half of games as he has scored 10 or more points in the second half 10 times this season.
In this 4-1 run to end the season, Greg Elliott has 12.2 points and 2.8 rebounds and has shot 55.6 percent from the floor overall while making 12-of-22 from long distance.
Jahvon Blair leads four Hoyas in double figures and is seventh in the Big East in scoring. He is capable of getting on a roll and leading Georgetown to a string of wins this weekend. He is trying to regain his stroke as he is 23-of-62 from the field in his last six games; however, Blair has averaged 17 points per game in his last two and has converted 11-of-13 free throws. He and Jamorko Pickett play huge minutes – 36.1, 34.6, respectively – so they are the catalysts. Pickett (12.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg) is mobile and a stretch-4 at 6-8, 220, as he has made 36 threes to follow Blair’s team leading 54.
Key Hoyas Stat:
Qudus Wahab is a lengthy matchup issue at 6-11, 237, where he averages 58.7 percent from the floor and is third in the Big East in rebounding with 8.0 per game. Watch the paint in this game on both ends of the floor and see who establishes. Wahab has played well in his last six games and he is 13-of-18 from the floor and averaging 14.5 points and seven boards in his last two games.
The Hoyas three-point offense can be a key to advancing as the Hoyas shoot 37.6 percent from behind the arc in Big East play. Aside from Blair and Pickett, Donald Carey (32 3s) and Chudier Bile (30 3s) have shot around 43 percent from long distance in Big East play. Marquette is 10th in league play in defending the three at a generous 37.1 percent clip.
Winner: Marquette (-3) 73, Georgetown 68