Georgetown (16-11) at Marquette (16-11)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 27, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: BMO Harris Bradley Center (19,000) -- Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. Television: FS1. Home Record: GU 11-3, MU 11-3. Away Record: GU
2-6, MU 4-6. Neutral Record: GU 3-2, MU 1-2. Conference Record: GU 7-8, MU
8-6. Series Record: Series is tied, 8-8.
GAME NOTES: The Georgetown Hoyas will try to get back on track tonight when
they step into the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden
Eagles in Big East Conference play.
Georgetown has been a streaky team throughout the season and enters this
contest hoping to build on last Saturday's 74-52 triumph over Xavier, which
snapped a two-game slide. The Hoyas boast three different win streaks this
season of three games or more, although they also suffered through a five-game
losing streak last month. They'll wrap up the regular season next week against
a pair of top-10 teams in Creighton and Villanova.
Marquette entered the week tied with Xavier for third place in the Big East
standings, behind Creighton and Villanova. The Golden Eagles have won four of
their last five outings, and that includes Saturday's 96-94 overtime win at
DePaul. Their remaining regular-season games will be against Villanova,
Providence and St. John's.
The all-time series between these two teams is tied at 8-8 after Marquette
claimed an 80-72 road victory in overtime on Jan. 20.
Markel Starks led all scorers with 22 points in Georgetown's dominating win
over Xavier. Coach John Thompson III inserted Jabril Trawick into the starting
lineup for the first time since Jan. 8, and the junior guard responded with 13
points and four assists. The Hoyas were sharp from start to finish, as they
shot a healthy 52.1 percent from the floor as a team and committed a season-
low three turnovers. That collective effort helped make up for a lackluster
showing from leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who shot just 1-of-8 from
the floor and finished with nine points in 30 minutes. Smith-Rivera, a 40.2
percent shooter from beyond the arc (51-of-127) on the season, is averaging
16.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Starks (16.7 ppg) is the only other player averaging
double figures for GU after last month's news that Joshua Smith (11.5 ppg) was
ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
For Marquette, Davante Gardner leads the way with 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds
per game. A 52.3 percent shooter from the floor, Gardner has primarily come
off the bench. Jamil Wilson is next in line with 12.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg,
followed by Todd Mayo with 10.2 ppg. The Golden Eagles are +3.1 in rebounding
margin and are committing only 11.8 turnovers per game, but they have allowed
opponents to shoot an efficient 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. Against
DePaul over the weekend, Gardner scored seven of his team-high 22 points in
overtime to help the Hoyas squeeze out the two-point win. He scored on a
traditional 3-point play to give the Golden Eagles a 91-89 lead with 1:44
remaining. Fellow reserve Mayo added 19 points, Wilson tallied 18 points and
nine boards, and Chris Otule finished with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
These teams bring identical overall records into this game, although Marquette
has been playing at a higher level of late and already beat Georgetown on the
road earlier this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marquette 75, Georgetown 70
02/27 10:17:25 ET
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