The Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown get set to take on the Bluejays of Creighton in an attempt to win its first game ALL YEAR and as usual we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are bringing you everything you need to know about Georgetown's next opponent. Here to dish on all things Bluejays are are buddies at White & Blue Review, your destination for all of your Creighton needs. Let's do this!
Happy New Year! What did you do on New Year's Eve?
Happy New Year to Hoyas fans, as well. My last day of 2014 was spent sobbing gently watching our site's Highlight Reels of the 2013-14 Doug McDermott-led Bluejays while the Big East's New Year's Even Quintuple-header played on mute in the background. I miss Doug.
Neither the Jays nor the Hoyas have won all year. How badly does Creighton need to win this game?
It may sound like coach speak, but Creighton can ill afford to go 0-2. HOWEVER, realistic Jays fans would tell you that this team is going to struggle to win conference road games period, let alone games against the teams thatshould be in the top half of the Big East this year. Can Creighton win at the Verizon Center Saturday? Sure. Will they? Unless they connect on 10 or more triples, I doubt it.
Who are some of the guys that Georgetown needs to watch out for on Saturday?
Georgetown fans should keep an eye on Austin Chatman, if only to gauge early on how the Jays will fare. If Chatman is making good decisions and hitting the mid-range jump shot, CU will be able to run a lot of what it wants. If he's dribbling into traffic but unable to make contested shots and committing silly mistakes, then the Jays will struggle.
What are the top three shows you are watching on TV these days?
I have a 3-year-old son. Your question makes me laugh.
What kind of player do you think Doug McDermott becomes in the NBA?
I'm no fan of the NBA. So, I probably don't have as great a grasp on his conversion as some of the other guys at WBR. That said, I just want him to get a chance to contribute. He was relatively injury-free in his CU career; he didn't miss a single game to ailment in college. So, it is unchartered territory for him to be on the shelf with a knee injury right now. That said, he wasn't exactly putting up ROY numbers before he got hurt. Interesting draft class this year, to be sure; a lot of guys are missing time/seasons with injuries. All told, I'd just like him to win rings because (again, coach speak but true), he's talked about that as his primary professional goal since his junior season ended and he considered coming out for the 2013 draft.
Where do you see the Jays finishing in the Big East this season? How many Big East teams (and which ones) make the Dance?
Creighton has never played in it's conference tournament play-in game scenario; they finished in the top 6 of the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference from 1997, the first year that league invited all 10 teams to the tournament, through their departure to the Big East after the 2013 MVC tourney. Obviously, last year as the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament, the Jays were spectators on Wednesday night at MSG.
All that said, and with the New Year's Eve hangover of getting bounced in Providence clouding my fandom, I don't think this Creighton team right now is better than four other teams in the conference. I think the Jays
As for NCAA Tournament teams, it wouldn't surprise me if the teams that finish 1-6 in the league ahead of the the Big East tournament all make the NCAA Tournament. Any combo of Villanova, Xavier, St. John's, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Butler or Providence would rep the league well.
Right now, I'd put the Jays slightly behind the Friars, with head-to-head an obvious consideration. So, No. 8, with Marquette and DePaul rounding out the league.
Final score prediction?