Georgetown is fighting for its tournament life, while Max Strus and company are looking to build on a big home win against St. John’s and finish a tough season strong. It doesn’t hurt that the Blue Demons have a chance to play spoilers against the current BIG EAST third-place team...
Well, Xavier just lost at Butler so you know that means....— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) March 6, 2019
Georgetown is currently all alone in 3rd place in the BIG EAST standings for at least 24 hours.
Hoyas are at DePaul tomorrow night
For a young group that appears to sometimes read its own headlines (or tweets), the Hoyas cannot afford to come out lethargic, unenergetic, or lackluster in Chicago. There have been more than one other occasion where fans started to believe that Govan and the freshmen had turned a corner on the consistency of their effort on both sides of the court, only to witness a 30-plus point game by a Ponds or Hauser or Powell. That said, Max Strus is playing too well right now to not get his share of the points, so maybe forcing him to go alone will be key... seems risky.
Win over DePaul tomorrow will clinch Quarterfinal appearance in the Big East Tournament for the Hoyas. https://t.co/jXgp9cj7VJ— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 6, 2019
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Picked to finish second in the Big East and expected to be a top-25 mainstay, Georgetown lost to Radford in double overtime in Govan’s debut, a shocking loss that signaled the decline and eventual demise of the JTIII era at Georgetown. Thompson was fired the following year. Govan told Rivals in 2014 that he came to Georgetown “because it’s a big man school,” but he never could have imagined that the most famous of those big men would become his head coach. He found that in Ewing, who the school hired in 2017 to right the ship.
Georgetown Senior Jessie Govan Plays Key Role in Patrick Ewing's Rebuilding Efforts https://t.co/sNN7FuvdEY— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) March 6, 2019
The Opponent - Georgetown Hoyas: Georgetown is 18-11 overall and 8-8 in the BIG EAST after a 77-71 win in double overtime against Seton Hall on Saturday... the Hoyas have won three of their last four including a nine-point win against the Blue Demons last Wednesday in Washington, D.C...
Wednesday is the 40th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Hoyas hold a 31-9 advantage in the series... the visiting team has won four of the last five meetings... three of the last five games have been decided by one possession... a season ago, Georgetown won in Chicago, 90-81, before Eli Cain’s buzzer beater led the Blue Demons to a 74-73 win in Washington, D.C... the two programs first played during the 1941-42 season with a 34-29 DePaul victory.
Final home game of regular season for @DePaulHoops tomorrow night vs. Georgetown.— DePaul Athletics (@DePaulAthletics) March 6, 2019
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DePaul hopes to correct a few things to return the favor and come out on top over the Hoyas this time. If they want to do that, the Blue Demons will need to work on rebounding and taking care of the basketball. The Hoyas outrebounded the Demons 34-44 in the first meeting. The Blue Demons are 0-8 when getting outrebounded, so it is paramount that they remain dominant on the boards in this one. Turnover have been DePaul’s biggest weakness in their last two outings. The Demons turned the ball over 15 times against Georgetown last week and another 15 times in the win over St. John’s on Sunday.
The Blue Demons are 5-0 when they hold opposing teams to 63 points or fewer and 9-13 when opponents exceed 63 points. The Hoyas are 7-0 when the team records at least eight steals and 11-11 when falling short of that total...
The Georgetown offense has scored 80.9 points per game this season, ranking the Hoyas 29th among Division I teams. The DePaul defense has allowed 74.5 points per game to opponents (ranked 226th overall).
“The shots were just falling today,” Strus said after the game. “I take those shots every game, teammates did a great job of setting screens, finding me and when they knew I was hot they kept coming to me. So, I think they did a good job of executing that, keep doing that and coach kept calling my number.”
More on LeBlanc:— Patrick Waring (@WaringPatrick) March 4, 2019
His 17 rebounds vs. Seton Hall are the highest total in a game for any Hoya this season.
Averaging 9.4 pts and 7.6 boards per game.
Tied for 1st on the team in steals. 2nd in blocks and rebounds. 3rd in total minutes played. #Hoyas
“The more success he had the better he felt, they weren’t switching like some other teams,” Blue Demon head coach Dave Leitao said after the game. “He pumped it inside and got some baskets for Femi [Olujobi] or some offensive rebounds. What he felt was the same thing that I saw in his body language that his body was squared, he dribbled without hesitation, he wasn’t worried so much about the defense. He determined what he wanted to do as opposed to what the defense wanted him to do. So when I saw that I just tried to keep going to him.”
A career afternoon from Max Strus on Senior Sunday captivated the @WintrustArena crowd as the senior put up a DePaul career-high 43 points to complete the season sweep of St. John's by a score of 92-83.— DePaul Athletics (@DePaulAthletics) March 3, 2019
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The postseason aspirations for Georgetown are, for the moment, off life support as it prepares to visit DePaul on Wednesday in a Big East game. Jessie Govan played perhaps his best game Saturday on Senior Night, willing the Hoyas to a win over Seton Hall, one that gives them a chance to get above .500 in the conference with a victory over the Blue Demons...
Govan had help against Seton Hall from a pair of freshmen in Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo. LeBlanc had 14 points to break a string of five straight games in single digits, pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds and came up with three steals to earn Big East Freshman of the Week honors for the second time while Akinjo had 16 points - his most in nearly a month - four assists and four steals for the Hoyas.
Strus, whose previous high was 34 points earlier this season, poured in 36 during the second half to go over 1,000 points in his two seasons with DePaul. For his efforts he earned Big East Player of the Week honors on Monday. Senior forward Femi Olujobi played in his 115th college game and delivered his 46th game in double-figure scoring and 11th double-double in the win over St. John’s.
"If you’re a fan of anarchy, you should be a fan of Big East basketball."— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) March 5, 2019
In this feature, we use an algorithm to predict the rest of the season, and analyze the implications for the Big East Tournament for the remaining nine games in conference play. https://t.co/a32ryaCLf8
Gotta go with the Hoyas here as they have more to play for as well as the better road coverage. Not always the best when the Blue Demons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games as well as 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
While there may be some debate still on who wins Big East Freshman of the Year, there’s no doubt that @GeorgetownHoops has the best class in @BIGEASTMBB. This trio is the present and future of the program. Hoyas’ stock keeps rising. https://t.co/94fsEAewg2— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) March 4, 2019
The Hoyas have played their way into the NCAA Tournament bubble conversation but can’t afford to go less than 1-1 over the next two games. 2-0 would have Georgetown in a real nice spot going into the BET.
Omer Yurtseven will be one of the most productive newcomers to the Big East conference next season.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 5, 2019
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