Series: Hoyas lead 29-8, split two games last season
Where/When: Wintrust Arena/Wednesday 9pm
KenPom: DePaul 76-73, 61 percent
Line: Hoyas +4.5
Georgetown wraps up a two-game road trip at DePaul Wednesday night still searching for its first conference win of the season.
In a match-up of teams picked to finish ninth and tenth in the BIG EAST, the Hoyas are looking to snap a seven-game conference losing streak dating back to last season. DePaul has lost 15 of its last 16 league games with the lone win in that stretch coming at Georgetown.
The unfortunate theme for the Hoyas in league play so far has been turnovers - and lots of them.
After turning the ball over 21 games in an double overtime loss to Butler, Georgetown went out and gave the ball away 25 times at Marquette last Saturday.
“We are not winning when we commit 25 turnovers in a game, especially on the road,” coach Patrick Ewing said after the loss to Marquette.
It’s been a team effort as each starter has at least six turnovers in BIG EAST play with point guard Jonathan Mulmore leading the way with nine. All nine regular players have at least one turnover since conference play started on Dec 27.
Marcus Derrickson and Jessie Govan continue to lead the way for the Hoyas. Derrickson has scored over 20 points in both league games while Govan has put in two double-doubles. A game after scoring 17 points against Butler, Jahvon Blair went scoreless in nine minutes in Milwaukee. Kaleb Johnson had a bounce back performance with 12 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the field.
Jamorko Pickett, who Ewing has said must be an impact player this season, has scored nine points in each of the Hoyas last two losses but has relied heavily on behind the arch shooting. Pickett has taken 16 shots in BIG EAST play with 13 of them coming from long range. In order to help the Hoyas Pickett must become more active around the rim.
While DePaul is playing in a brand new arena this season, Georgetown’s travels to the Windy City have been kind over the years. The Hoyas have won all eight league matchups at DePaul since the start of the 2005-06 campaign.
Scouting DePaul: Like the Hoyas, the Blue Demons are also off to an 0-2 league start with their losses coming to Villanova and Xavier. Division II transfer guard Max Strus leads DePaul with 18.6 points per game but has raised that mark to 26.5 points per game in the BIG EAST. Against the Musketeers, Strus matched his career high with 33 points which included six 3-pointers. Eli Cain is one of three other Blue Demons averaging double figures and needs 19 more points to reach the 1,000 point Club at DePaul.
Notes: DePaul went 1-2 after replacing Georgetown in the PK80 Tournament over Thanksgiving...Dave Leitao is 1-4 against the Hoyas...Georgetown is 15-1 against DePaul in regular season conference games....Georgetown last lost away to DePaul in the 1993-94 season...Hoyas have given up a 30 point scorer in each of the first two BIG EAST games this season...
Prediction: Hoyas 81, Blue Demons 77