Game 13: Georgetown Hoyas (10-2, 0-1) at Marquette (9-4, 0-1)
Series: Hoyas lead 12-11
Where/When: Bradley Center, Saturday 430pm
KenPom: Marquette 85-76, 78 percent
Line: Marquette -9
Georgetown begins a two-game Midwest road trip on Saturday afternoon against Marquette in Milwaukee. Patrick Ewing’s first conference road game as the Hoyas head man takes place at a venue that has been unkind to Georgetown over the years. The Hoyas have won just three of their ten trips to the Bradley Center since the Golden Eagles joined the league.
While both Marquette and Georgetown are coming off opening night league losses at home, the Hoyas loss is particularly disappointing. Georgetown was in total command against Butler as the Hoyas led by as many as 20 late in the first half and by 18 at the break.
Juniors Marcus Derrickson (23 points and 11 rebounds) and Jessie Govan (19 points and 13 rebounds) once again led the Hoyas but were both were limited down the stretch as Butler forced the Hoyas guards to beat them.
On the other end the Hoyas were unable to defend as Kamar Baldwin and Kelan Martin combined for 58 points and Butler as a team scored 67 after hafltime.
Ewing is still rotating his guard combinations and last game Jahvon Blair played 26 minutes, scoring 17 points off the bench. Starting guard Jonathan Mulmore and Kaleb Johnson combined for 10 points, six assists, and six turnovers. After a great non-conference campaign Johnson might turn out to be the barometer to this team. The junior will need to make a bigger impact on games on both ends in order for the Hoyas to win and be competitive in conference play.
Georgetown has followed a familiar script in two games against Top 50ish teams. Both times the Hoyas have held double digit leads into the second half only to lose in overtime and double overtime.
With their much talked about weak schedule the Hoyas have yet to trail by more than eight points in any game this season. In just their second road game of this season this could very well be the moment where Ewing and Georgetown have to figure out how to play from a hole. It’s going to happen at some point and it will be interesting to see how Georgetown responds as so far this year they have almost exclusively played from ahead.
Scouting Marquette: The Golden Eagles go with a four guard lineup at times with Andrew Rowsey leading the way with 21.5 points per game. Rowsey had 31 in the loss to Xavier and made six 3-pointers, although he needed 17 attempts. Marcus Howard is right there with Rowsey by adding 21.1 points per game as Marquette is 14th in the country in 3-point attempts. Sam Hauser adds 15 points per game and shoots just under 50 percent from deep. Marquette’s lone road game so far this season was a dismantling of rival Wisconsin earlier this month.
Prediction: Marquette 81, Georgetown 70