When & Where: Tuesday 830pm, Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Series: Hoyas lead 44-26
Last Meeting: Jan 16, 2017 - Providence 74, Georgetown 56
TV: FS1 (Dave Sims and Donny Marshall)
KenPom: Providence 77, Georgetown 69 (76 percent)
Line: Providence -7.5, o/u 146
Georgetown wraps up its three game road-trip in Providence on Tuesday night to face the Friars for the first time this season. The Hoyas have played well but come up short in losing their first two games on this trip at Creighton and in overtime at Xavier. The Bluejays and Musketeers are a combined 28-0 at home this season.
Jessie Govan bounced back against the Musketeers with 23 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in extra time. Marcus Derrickson had a career high 15 points to go along with 19 points while freshmen Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair scored 21 and 19 points respectively.
Georgetown will attempt to snap a program worst six game losing streak to the Friars in coach Patrick Ewing’s first visit to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Hoyas have lost four straight at Providence, last winning in 2012 as Hollis Thompson had 13 points and ten rebounds to lead then-No. 10 Georgetown.
Coach Ewing’s squad was able to cut down on turnovers against Xavier, committing a season low 10. Trey Dickerson played a season high 23 minutes and produced with a season high six assists while fellow reserve Jagan Mosely had five assists.
Scouting Providence: The Friars are in line for another NCAA Tournament bid behind the solid play of Rodney Bullock and Alpha Diallo. Bullock and Diallo lead Providence in scoring with 15.5 and 12.8 points per game respectively. Kyron Cartwright and Jalen Lindsey both provide scoring options while each hit at better than 40 percent from deep. Providence is one of the best defensive teams in the league holding team to a conference low 75 points per game. Opponents shoot a BIG EAST worst 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep.
With eight game remaining, Pickett and Blair have already combined to hit 79 3-pointers on the season - the most of any freshman duo in school history. With eight 3-pointers in the overtime loss at Xavier, Pickett and Blair broke a tie they held with Jonathan Wallace and Jeff Green, who combined to hit 71 3-pointers during the 2004-05 season.
Here are the Top 5 Freshmen 3-point totals by teammates:
2018 - 79 (Pickett 40, Blair 39)
2005 - 71 (Wallace 47, Green 25)
1995 - 69 (Iverson 35, Myles 34)
1992 - 68 (Church 52, Harrell 16)
2002 - 64 (Bethel 41, Hall 23)
This year’s freshmen class has combined to hit 80 3-pointers - Antwan Walker is 1 for 4 from deep. Currently the most 3-pointers by a freshmen class is the 82 hit during the 2014-15 season.
Prediction: Providence 78, Georgetown 75