While many Georgetown Hoyas fans are still reeling after Wednesday night’s loss to Seton Hall (what Patrick Ewing called his “worst loss” in his two seasons here), the Big East conference is still progressing and the standings are in flux. For instance, Creighton is looking to spoil Seton Hall’s recent re-emergence and St. John’s must believe that beating Villanova would secure an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament.
Sunday features two matchups on FS1, starting at 3PM, that may be worth watching as the Hoyas prepare for the last 6 games of their conference season.
- 3PM - Seton Hall at Creighton
- 5PM - Villanova at St. John’s
Earlier this weekend Butler beat DePaul 91-78 at Hinkle and Providence dropped one to Xavier 61-75 at the Dunk. Georgetown faces Villanova (home) and Creighton (away) this week, followed by DePaul and Seton Hall at home the next week, and finishing up with DePaul and Marquette on the road the following week.
Headed into Sunday’s games, here are the standings:
BIG EAST standings on Sunday 2/17/2019 pic.twitter.com/FN4oHh9G6f— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) February 17, 2019
Here are some other links and commentary:
The Seton Hall team that edged Creighton by 5 last Saturday was all about Myles Powell. In Wednesday’s win over Georgetown, THAT was the NCAA Tournament identity in the Pirates, with 4 in double-figures. They’ll need a complete performance to win at Creighton. Huge game in Omaha.— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) February 17, 2019
Since Myles Powell shoved Creighton into the loser’s bin last Saturday the two teams have dropped off in separate directions. On Wednesday, Seton Hall dispatched Georgetown 90-75. Myles Powell continued his torrid stretch, dumping 30 points - 10 coming from the charity stripe - on the young Hoya squad. The Pirates led pretty much from the jump and forced Georgetown into 12 turnovers. They swarmed James Akinjo and Mac McClung, forcing the young men into tough spots.
Here's the CliffsNotes preview for Seton Hall today: Defend the perimeter. Expect a backs-to-the-wall effort from Creighton. Get Cale and Mamu involved to take some weight off Powell.— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) February 17, 2019
A win in Omaha would tilt the table in the Pirates' favor. Will require all hands on deck.
St. John’s has a clear top five players: Shamorie Ponds (6-1 G), Justin Simon (6-5 G), LJ Figueroa (6-6 G/F), Mustapha Heron(6-5 G), and Marvin Clark II (6-7 F). Each of them averages more than 30 minutes a game this season.
The Wildcats have found 4 consistent players in Phil Booth (6-3 G), Eric Paschall (6-8 F), Collin Gillespie (6-3 G), and Saddiq Bey (6-8 F). Their fifth man rotates more between Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (6-9 F), Jermaine Samuels (6-7 F) and Joe Cremo (6-4 G). The Red Storm has had trouble this season when they’re up against size. While Villanova does not have a traditional big man on the roster, Paschall has shown he could act in that role.
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Following the Seton Hall game, Georgetown has allowed an average of 77.9 points per game this season, the most since the 3-23 season of 1971-72 and, on average, more than 20 points a game more than it gave up in 2012-13 (56.4 per game). But there is another measure of Georgetown’s lack of defensive intensity which was apparent in Wednesday’s game.
Myles Powell scored 30 points in the Pirates’ win Wednesday. From 1979 to 2017, a period of 1,247 games, Georgetown allowed just 29 games in which an opponent scored 30 or more points. In the most recent 20 games this season, Georgetown has allowed five 30-point scorers.
With roughly two-thirds of conference play behind us, the Big East season is nearing its conclusion. It's time to assess the field for the Big East Freshman of the Year award. https://t.co/eF9u4yOSR2— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) February 16, 2019
Although still developing as a decision maker and defender, McClung’s consistent energy spills into every part of the game, making him a fun player to watch. His motor and offensive prowess have shown that he can play with the best, but it remains to be seen if McClung will take home Freshman of the Year honors.
Who would you take in a dunk contest?— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 17, 2019
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Galen Alexander, 2019 SF, 6’6”, 215 lb. Jones County Community College / Breaux Bridge, LA Offers from: Georgetown, UAB, Mississippi State Alexander was dismissed by Will Wade at LSU last season for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Now at Jones County CC in Mississippi, Alexander’s recruitment is picking up again, with Georgetown entering the mix on Friday. Alexander would bring much-needed wing depth to the Hilltop. He was ranked #135 by 247Sports when he originally committed to LSU in 2017.
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