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GAME THREAD: DePaul at Georgetown

Hoyas are favored in a Big East game for the first time since 2021

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Game 15: Georgetown Hoyas (7-7, 0-3) vs. DePaul Blue Demons (3-10, 0-2)

When: Saturday Noon

Where: Capital One Arena

TV: FS1 (Jason Ross and Sarah Kustok)

Radio: Team 980, Sirius XM 383 (The legendary Rich Chvotkin in his 50th season!)

Series: Hoyas lead 34-14 overall and 17-4 in DC.

Last Meeting: Georgetown won 81-76 on Jan. 24, 2023.

KenPom rankings: Georgetown 183, DePaul 243

KenPom Projection: Georgetown wins 76-70 with an 70% win probability.

Line: Hoyas -6.5, o/u 144.5, Georgetown ML -278

WHAT’S AT STAKE

This is THE game for both schools. The loser will start to wonder when or if that first Big East victory is coming this season. This is the last time that KenPom has Georgetown favored in league game this season. KenPom only slightly favors DePaul in the return game at Wintrust on Feb. 24. Blue Demons have recent history on their side in this series by winning 5 of the last 7.

FINALLY FAVORED

Georgetown is favored against DePaul on Saturday. At first glance that sentence sounds normal enough but when you dig a little deeper it’s a big deal. Using data on Oddsharks, Georgetown had been an underdog in their last 50 Big East games, including the conference tournament. The Hoyas were double-digit dogs in 26 of those games.

Georgetown was last favored in a Big East game on Feb. 27, 2021 at DePaul. The last time Georgetown was favored at home in the Big East was on Feb. 13, 2021 vs Butler. That was a streak of 24 games. Yeah, these numbers are pre-out of nowhere Big East Tournament run. It’s been a minute.

EPPS AVAILABILE?

Georgetown leading scorer Jayden Epps (right ankle) missed Tuesday’s home defeat to Creighton. After the game coach Ed Cooley said the Illinois-transfer was day-to-day. Georgetown did not provide an update on Friday.

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