Series: Hoyas lead 1-0, last played in 2016
Where/When: Capital One Arena/Sunday 6:30pm
KenPom: Georgetown 82-57, 99 percent
Line: Hoyas -25, o/u 139.5
Georgetown begins MEAC Week by hosting Coppin State as part of the BB&T Classic on Sunday evening. With Patrick Ewing coaching against Juan Dixon this may be the closest this longstanding local event ever gets to a Georgetown - Maryland match-up.
The first part of the BB&T doubleheader is interesting as old Atlantic 10 foes George Washington and Temple renew their rivalry in a game that starts FOUR HOURS before the Hoyas tip off. This has to be one of the stranger doubleheaders in that there is an enormous gap in between the two games. Normally the second game starts about a half-hour after the conclusion of the first game but that is not the case on Sunday. Fans will have a long wait in between games unless Temple and GW go into multiple overtimes.
Despite Coach Ewing’s disappointment with his team’s sluggish second half performance against Maine last Tuesday, the Hoyas keep humming right along behind the efforts of juniors Jessie Govan, Marcus Derrickson, and Kaleb Johnson. Georgetown’s new ‘Big Three’ combine to score 46 points per game while freshman Jahvon Blair chips in with 11 points per game off the bench.
The Hoyas are 57-0 against MEAC teams and look heavy favorites to increase that mark to 60-0 by the end of the week.
What To Watch: Ewing said he was most concerned with his team’s struggles against the full court press against the Black Bears. In the event that Dixon has his team press, how will the Hoyas react?...Jamorko Pickett has struggled out of the gates by shooting just 25 percent from the field in his first five college games. Twice this season the talented freshman has gone 0 for 5 from the field. Pickett needs to pick it up with the competition getting stronger after MEAC Week. Antwan Walker missed last game with an illness but should be available against Coppin.
Scouting Coppin: Dejuan Clayton is the lone Eagle averaging double-figures with 10.2 points per game while Adam Traore grabs a team-high six rebounds per contest. Dixon uses a lot of players. Seriously. Ten Eagles have played in at least six games, all averaging between 15 and 30 minutes per outing. Coppin last won on Feb 20. The Eagles started last season 0-12.
Last Time Out: The Eagles scored just 37 points against Ohio, losing by 43 points on Friday night. Nine players scored but none hit double digits.
Reason to be cynical: The schedule.
Reason to be delusional: The list of undefeated teams keeps shrinking while the Hoyas are a virtual lock to remain perfect heading into their showdown with Syracuse on Dec 16.
Prediction: Georgetown 91, Coppin State 49