Game 7: Howard Bison (1-8) at Georgetown Hoyas (6-0)
Series: Hoyas lead 8-0, last played in 2016
Where/When: Capital One Arena, 8:45pm
Line: Georgetown -20, 153 o/u
KenPom: Georgetown 88-64, 98 percent
Georgetown reaches the halfway point of MEAC Week when Howard visits the Hoyas for the second consecutive season tonight.
The 6-0 Hoyas enter Thursday’s game as one of nine remaining undefeated teams and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in both good but mostly bad ways.
AP Voter Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times gave Georgetown four points in the latest Poll that came out on Monday by placing the Hoyas 22nd on his ballot.
Georgetown’s first appearance in the ‘Other’s Receiving Votes’ portion of an AP Poll since December 14, 2015 became a hot topic on Twitter as members of the national media instantly began to ridicule the Hoyas weak schedule. Actually weak might be putting it nicely as Georgetown has the worst schedule in the country right now. KenPom has it as the 351st hardest schedule out of - yes, you guessed it - 351 schedules.
Obviously there’s nothing that can be done about the schedule right now so all Georgetown can do is continue winning all the games in which they are heavily favored.
Jessie Govan made the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the third time this season. Govan’s numbers have been incredible early on as the junior big puts up nearly 20 points per game to go along with over 12 rebounds. The better teams are going to focus on Govan with their own size so it was positive for the Hoyas to see freshman Jamorko Pickett come out of his slump against Coppin State with 13 points highlighted by three 3-pointers. Coach Ewing has said over and over again that Pickett needs to play a big part going forward. So far Pickett has been a streaky shooter but there’s still some time to fix that before conference play begins.
Juniors Marcus Derrickson and Kaleb Johnson also average in double figures.
Scouting Howard: The Bison come to Capital One Arena having already played high level competition on the road in losses to both Gonzaga and Indiana. Freshman RJ Cole leads Howard by scoring nearly 20 points per game but only shoots 31 percent from deep. Coach Nickelberry is in his eighth season at Howard and has yet to have a winning season. That being said, in 2011 Nickelberry had the Bison as close as they’ve every been as Howard trailed just 42-40 late before Georgetown ultimately pulled away for a 62-48 victory.
Reason to be cynical: Georgetown has been sluggish in recent wins over Coppin State and Maine. Is Georgetown playing down to the level of competition or is there a bigger problem?
Reason to be delusional: Wins are wins are wins are wins....
Prediction: Georgetown 72, Howard 59