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Preview: Providence at Georgetown

Hoyas look to end 7-game Friars losing streak

NCAA Basketball: Xavier at Georgetown Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Game 27: Providence Friars (17-11, 8-7) at Georgetown (15-11, 5-10)

When & Where: Saturday noon, Capital One Arena

Series: Hoyas lead 44-27

Last Meeting: Feb 6, 2018 - Providence 73, Georgetown 69

TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Tina Cervasio)

KenPom: Georgetown 74, Providence 72

Line: Hoyas -1.5, o/u 146.5

Georgetown continues its three game homestand when Providence comes to Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Despite falling to No. 4 Xavier during the week, the Hoyas actually enter their second to last home game of the season as a slight favorite for the first time in seven games. If the line holds, Georgetown will be a favorite for just the second time in 16 BIG EAST games this season.

Jamorko Pickett led the Hoyas in the loss to the Musketeers on Wednesday by tying a career high with 21 points. Pickett set a career high with six 3-pointers. Pickett needs just two more 3-pointers this season to set the single season freshman school record. Irvin Church, who can often been seen at Hoyas game holds the record with 52 3-pointers as a freshman in the 1991-92 season.

Having already ended a five game losing streak to Seton Hall earlier this season, ending a program worst seven game losing streak to Providence would go a long way towards ending the year on a bright spot. With the NCAAs out of the question outside of an incredible four day run at MSG next month and nobody truly understanding what all goes into selection with the NIT folks, putting this Friars streak to bed would be a huge plus as Georgetown heads into the offseason.

A Hoyas win over Providence would also damage the Friars NCAA Tournament hopes while at the same time give Georgetown more league wins this all of last season with two more games to go.

Scouting Providence: The Friars lost to Seton Hall in one of the weirdest games in league history. The game spanned two days and two locations before the Pirates finally earned the victory. Kyron Cartwirght leads the conference with 5.8 assists per game and had nine the last time the Hoyas and Friars met on Feb 6. Rodney Bullock leads Providence with 14.3 points per game but had just four points on 2 for 8 shooting last time against Georgetown.

Rare Air: With the season winding down Jessie Govan is on pace to become the first Hoya to average a double-double since Mike Sweetney in the 2002-02 season. Govan is currently averaging 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Sweetney, who averaged a double-double as both a sophomore and a junior, went for 22.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in his final season at Georgetown.

Club Members Only: In keeping with Govan, the talented junior needs 18 points against Providence to become the 47th Hoya to score at least 1,000 points. LJ Peak was the last Hoya to join this list, doing so last season.

Of course it doesn’t just stop there.

Having already surpassed 500 rebounds earlier this season, Govan would become the 19th Georgetown player to both score at least 1,000 points and grab at least 500 rebounds. The last Hoya to join that list was D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Oh, it keeps going.

Govan needs two more blocks to reject at least 100 shots in his time at Georgetown. As you may have guessed, there aren’t many players to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks in their time at Georgetown. Govan will become the 8th player to do so, joining Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Roy Hibbert, Othella Harrington, Sweetney, Jeff Green, and Brandon Bowman.

Prediction: Georgetown 82, Providence 71