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GAME THREAD: Georgetown at St. John’s!

Hoyas had a week break, St. John’s desperate for first conference win

Xavier v Georgetown

Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown visit the St. John’s Red Storm for the Hoyas’ first away game of the season.

Game 7: St. John’s (5-4, 0-3) at Georgetown Hoyas (3-3, 1-1)

When: Sunday, 6:30 PM

Where: Carnesecca Arena

Series: Georgetown trails 57-60 all time

Last meeting: Georgetown beat St. John’s in OT, 97-94, just last week!

TV: FS1 (Dave Sims and Sarah Kustok)

Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Rich Chvotkin, 47th season)

KenPom Ranking: St. John’s 91, Georgetown 100

KenPom Projection: St. John’s 79, Georgetown 77 (60 percent)

Line: St. John’s -4.5, o/u 156.5

Bobby’s Keys to the Game:

  1. Dante Harris: Now that Georgetown is down to just one point guard, much of the Hoyas success is going to depend on Dante. This is especially true against a team like St. John’s that will try and push the pace as much as possible. The Big East Frosh of the Week passed his first test with flying colors and has now had a week to get used to the fact that he’s got the keys to the Ewing’s offense. All he has to do is basically play all game and not make many mistakes while staying out of foul trouble.
  2. Getting Pickett involved early: This one relates to the first key. It was only one game but Pickett had a season low seven shots last Sunday with Dante Harris moving into the point guard role. It’s important for the Big East’s leading rebounder to get more involved as he the Hoyas best shooter from deep.
  3. Limiting Isaih Moore and Julian Champagnie: Both registered double-doubles last week, grabbing most of the rebounds in sight. Moore went for 26 & 14 and the two combined to go 13 for 15 from the line. Free throws really kept St. John’s in it at times as nothing was really falling from deep.

Well the rare in conference back-to-back gives Georgetown probably it’s best chance at climbing above .500 in Big East play during this rebuilding season. This once meaningful matchup has been dominated by Patrick Ewing since he arrived back on Georgetown’s campus in 2017.

Ewing is 6-1 against St. John’s and 14-35 against everyone else in Big East regular season games. Today he can has a chance to grab his first win in a new location as Georgetown and St. John’s are meeting at Carnesecca Arena in Queens for the first time.

So not only is this a great opportunity for Georgetown to get back above .500, it would also give the Hoyas the tiebreaker advantage over St. John’s at the end of the season. The Hoyas could take a decent step towards avoiding their predicted last place finish by beating the Johnnies and leaving them lost at sea at 0-4.

Other things to look for: Can Qudus Wahab get a triple double? When is Jahvon Blair’s 30 point game coming? Can the Hoyas do a better job in the paint against St. John’s time time around?

Prediction: Georgetown 82, St. John’s 80; Death, taxes, and Ewing leading the Hoyas to a win over St. John’s. (I’m 2-4 on the season here)

Leave your witty (and non-witty) in-game comments here!