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Hoyas look for the season split with the Golden Eagles

NCAA Basketball: Providence at Georgetown Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Game 28: Marquette Golden Eagles (16-12, 7-9) at Georgetown Hoyas (15-12, 5-11)

When & Where: Monday 7pm, Capital One Arena

Series: Tied, 12-12

Last Meeting: Dec 30, 2017 - Marquette 74, Georgetown 65

TV: FS1 (Rick Waltz, Tarik Turner)

KenPom: Marquette 81, Georgetown 80 (54 percent)

Line: Marquette -1.5, o/u 159

Well, this is it.

Georgetown plays host to Marquette tonight in their final home game of the season. It seems like just yesterday coach Patrick Ewing was making his debut against Jacksonville but here we are.

In a season of ups, downs, and slew of ‘playing better but losing at the ends’, the Hoyas have compiled a record of 11-7 at Capital One Arena.

This final three game homestand was always going to be difficult as it included a Top 5 Xavier team still fighting for a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but in order to build some momentum going forward, beating a Marquette team that just lost at DePaul would be a great start.

Despite being favored for just the second time in conference play, Georgetown was unable to close the deal against Providence over the weekend, falling victim to a cold second half shooting performance in a 74-69 loss.

Seeing as though Providence and coach Ed Cooley have had their way against Georgetown the past four seasons, the Marquette game - despite the Hoyas being a slight underdog - always looked the more likelier of the two as a win.

Marcus Derrickson continues to lead the Hoyas in BIG EAST play with 17.4 points and 9 rebounds per game but he’s struggled to find his stroke in the last two games. Derrickson is shooting only 35 percent from the field and hit a combined nine shots in that span. Derrickson did have 15 boards against the Friars.

Jessie Govan continues to average a double-double as the season winds down and stayed to true to form by going for 20 points and 11 rebounds over the weekend. Govan became the 47th Hoya to score over 1,000 points and is now one of just 20 Hoyas to have 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Marquette, as mentioned earlier lost at DePaul over the weekend, has been pretty much relegated to the category of needing to win the BIG EAST Tournament in order to make it back to the NCAAs as they did last season.

Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey form probably the most dangerous backcourt in the conference. Both guards can explode for big numbers although Howard has been shaking off an injury he picked up against Creighton on Feb 17. Howard who averages 21 points per game sat out Marquette’s next game against St. John’s but came back to play 31 minutes in the loss to the Blue Demons. Howard finished with 12 points, going 5 for 13 from the field. Howard needs 25 points to become a 1,000 point scorer for Marquette, doing so in just two seasons.

In the first matchup this season, Rowsey hurt the Hoyas scoring 35 points, including a perfect 11 for 11 from the line. Rowsey also made six 3-pointers as Marquette as a team was 13 for 26.

Georgetown has split the last two seasons with Marquette and swept the Golden Eagles in 2015. The Hoyas have only lost to Marquette at home twice - 2009 and 2014.

Prediction: Georgetown 84, Marquette 78