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GAME THREAD: Providence Friars at Georgetown Hoyas

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‘If we don’t beat Providence, the win against Butler doesn’t mean anything.’ -Jagan Mosely

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 02 Seton Hall at Georgetown Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown host the Providence Friars in a late-night affair at Kente One Arena this evening!

Both teams are fighting for their Big Dance-hopes and each team appreciates the sense of urgency.

Game: Providence Friars (14-12, 7-6) at Georgetown Hoyas (15-10, 5-7)

When: Wednesday, 8:30 (likely 8:45ish, after Butler vs. Seton Hall)

Where: Kente One Arena

Series: Hoyas led 46-29, GU lost 12/31, but won both games last season

TV: FS1

Radio: The Team 980 (Rich Chvotkin)

KenPom Prediction: ??

Line: Hoyas -1

Quotes:

“When your back is against the wall, I think that’s when you see who you really are... Our back is against the wall right now with our record and our standing.” said senior Alpha Diallo

“I told the team in the locker room, ‘If we don’t beat Providence, the win against Butler doesn’t mean anything,’” Jagan Mosely [] put it in perspective.

“They’re more of an inside-out team, so, you know, wanna force them to make tough shots from the perimeter,” Georgetown’s Terrell Allen said Tuesday.

Preview from Friars.com:

Men’s Basketball Game Notes vs. Georgetown

Friars To Play At Georgetown On February 19: The Friars will play at Georgetown on Wednesday, February 19 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1. Providence and Georgetown have met 75 times in school history, with all but two meetings coming since the formation of the BIG EAST Conference in 1979. The Hoyas lead the all-time series, 46-29. Georgetown won the first meeting, 77-51, in Providence in 1956, before the Friars took a rematch in Providence, 83-56, in 1959.

The Hoyas hold a 24-8 advantage in Washington, D.C. In Providence, the Friars lead, 19-15. The teams have met nine times on a neutral court, with Georgetown holding a 7-2 advantage. One of those two Friar wins was in the 1987 NCAA Tournament. PC earned an 88-73 victory that sent the team to its second Final Four appearance. In the first game between the two teams this season, the Friars defeated Georgetown, 76-60, on December 31. In the last meeting in Washington, D.C., the Friars were defeated by the Hoyas, 96-90, in double overtime on January 12, 2019. PC’s most recent win over the Hoyas in Washington was a 74-69 win on February 24, 2018.

Preview from GU Hoyas:

Hoyas Set For Showdown With Friars

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University men’s basketball team will take on Providence on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. The Hoyas come into the contest with a 15-10 overall record and a 5-7 mark in league action.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

  • Wednesday’s game can be watched on FS1 with Steve Buckhantz calling the play-by-play and Len Elmore providing analysis.
  • The game can be heard locally on The Team 980 with Rich Chvotkin in his 46th season on the call.
  • Links to the live stats will be available at GUHoyas.com.

LAST TIME OUT

  • Georgetown scored 10-consecutive points late in the game to pull away for a 73-66 victory on the road against No. 19/20 Butler in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.
  • Terrell Allen tied a career high with 22 points, hitting 9-of-14 shots including all four of his 3-pointers, which also tied a career best.
  • Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett finished with 16 and 12 points, respectively, while both hit a trio of 3-pointers. Pickett also grabbed six rebounds.
  • Qudus Wahab rounded out those in double figures with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds in his first career start.
  • Jagan Mosely chipped in eight points while pacing the offense with five assists.
  • The Hoyas shot 52.1 (25-48) percent from the floor and connected on 66.7 (10-15) percent of their shots from downtown.
  • Georgetown registered 13 assists, while committing just seven turnovers.

ABOUT THE HOYAS

  • Mac McClung leads the Blue & Gray in scoring at 16.4 ppg, which is fourth in the BIG EAST. Omer Yurtseven is right behind him with 16.3 ppg and is averaging a double-double with a team-high 10.1 rpg, good for third in the conference.
  • The Hoyas lead the BIG EAST, and rank 23rd nationally, with 15.6 assists per game. Allen (4.2 apg) is sixth in the conference while Mosely (3.7 apg) is eighth.
  • Blair is currently tied with Chris Wright for 15th all-time in program history with 127 career 3-pointers and is just one behind Hollis Thompson (128). Mosely has 324 career assists which ranks 15th on GU’s career list and is just three behind Reggie Williams (327).

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE

  • Providence enters Wednesday with a 14-12 record and a 7-6 mark in BIG EAST play after a 74-71 win over then-No. 10 Seton Hall on Saturday.
  • The Friars average 70.2 ppg while allowing just 66.7 ppg. They are second in the BIG EAST behind the Hoyas with 15.5 apg.
  • Alpha Diallo leads Providence with 14.0 ppg and 8.2 apg, ranking fifth in the BIG EAST in rebounding. David Duke is also in double figures at 12.4 ppg.
  • Duke leads the way with 87 assists, while Diallo has a team-high 43 steals.

ABOUT THE MATCHUP

  • Wednesday will be the 76th all-time meeting between the longtime conference rivals with the Hoyas holding a 46-28 series advantage.
  • Georgetown won both matchups last year, but Providence took the first meeting of this season with a 76-60 win in Providence on Dec. 31.
  • Yurtseven recorded his seventh double-double of the season with team highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the matchup earlier this season. Blair and Allen each finished with 10 points.
  • Head Coach Patrick Ewing is 2-2 against Providence as GU’s head coach and went 9-1 against the Friars as a player.

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