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GAME THREAD: Georgetown Hoyas at Xavier Musketeers

Hoyas try to put a big blemish on Xavier’s NCAA Tournament resume

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Georgetown Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Game 18: Georgetown Hoyas (8-9, 1-5 BE) at Xavier Musketeers (9-8, 3-3 BE)

When: Friday 6:30 PM

Where: Cintas Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)

TV: FS1 (Lisa Byington and Nick Bahe)

Radio: The Team 980, Sirius XM 380 (Rich Chvotkin, 50th season!)

Series: Xavier leads 19-6, 10-1 at home

Last Meeting: Xavier beat Georgetown 95-82 at home on Jan. 21, 2023

KenPom rankings: Xavier 26, Georgetown 177

KenPom Projection: Xavier wins 83-66 with a 93% win probability.

Net Rankings: Xavier 36, Georgetown 189

DraftKings Line: Hoyas +12.5, o/u 147.5, Georgetown ML +625

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Xavier - The Musketeers are trying to win their third straight game and move above .500 in the Big East for the first time this season. The computers love Sean Miller’s squad so winning this rare Quad 4 league game by double figures is an absolute must to keep the momentum going in Cincinnati.

Georgetown - The Hoyas are trying to win just their second ever road game at Xavier.

BET SEEDING

I guess it’s never too early to think about Big East Tournament seedings. Luckily there’s a place to see the math. As expected, Georgetown is sorta penciled into the 10 spot. Meanwhile Xavier has a wide range of possibilities in a very competitive league for teams 1 through 9.

TOTAL DOMINATION

Before joining the Big East, Xavier held a 4-2 lead in the all-time series with the Hoyas. The schools split a pair of NCAA Tournament games in the 90s when the late coach John Thompson Jr was still patrolling the sidelines for the Hoyas.

The Musketeers have won 15 of 19 meetings since 2014.

KENTE KORNER

Hey, we posted a pod yesterday. So check it out in case you missed it.

REASON FOR HOYAS HOPE

OK time for something new. In this section we will give a reason or two as to why this could be Georgetown’s first non-DePaul Big East win of the season.

**Despite their strong metrics, Xavier has already dropped home games this season to both Oakland (KenPom 144) and Delaware (135). Why not Georgetown?

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Just like I said a few weeks ago when Georgetown hosted DePaul, Xavier people are calling tonight a must-not-lose game. They aren’t wrong. Losing this Quad 4 game would be devastating to their resume. As it stands now Xavier has only played two Quad 4 games.

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