Big East basketball is back, and Georgetown travels to Chicago to tip off the conference season with DePaul.
Georgetown (7-5) broke a two-game losing streak last week in a close one at UNC-Charlotte. Isaac Copeland led the Hoyas with 12 points and eight rebounds, but it was L.J. Peak that secured the win for the Hoyas, as his 3-pointer with just over two minutes to go put Georgetown up for good. DePaul (6-6) busted a three-game losing skid of their own with a stunning blowout over No. 20 George Washington at home. Billy Garrett's 20 points and seven assists led the way for the Blue Demons, who jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead and never looked back. Georgetown leads the all-time series 25-7 and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings.
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Time: 9 PM EST
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Rollin' the Dice
Georgetown opened as a 1.5 point favorite over DePaul, via OddsShark.
Georgetown is 7-5 ATS this season, while DePaul is 6-6.
1. DePaul: The Demons got a much needed win over then-No. 20 George Washington last week and will try to build some momentum with the struggling Hoyas coming into town. It'll take an all-around effort to beat Georgetown, but most importantly DePaul will need consistency from its backcourt in order to win. Billy Garrett, Aaron Simpson and Eli Cain all had good performances against the Colonials last Tuesday, but it'll need to carry over into today's game, especially from Garrett, who is looking to establish himself as an elite guard in the Big East.
2. Georgetown: To say it's been an up and down year for Georgetown is an understatement. The Hoyas looked to be over their early struggles after they manhandled Syracuse, but since the win over Brown three weeks ago, Georgetown looked listless in home losses to Monmouth and UNC Asheville, and had to fight to beat UNC-Wilmington and Charlotte. Georgetown will need a strong game from its leading scorer, D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera. DSR has been effective inside the arc (59 percent on two-point field goal attempts), but he's seen his 3-point percentage drop 10 points since his junior year, and has hit 1 of his last 12 3-point attempts in the last two games.
3. Beyond the Arc: This game could be decided from the 3-point line. DePaul has been pretty good defending shots from the perimeter this year, allowing 3-pointers at a 33 percent clip. Meanwhile, 3-point shooting has been Georgetown's achilles heel. The Hoyas have shot 26 percent from three-point range in the last three games, and missed 13 of 21 from deep against Charlotte. If Georgetown can't get going from beyond the arc against a DePaul D that can turn on the clamps at a moment's notice, it's gonna be a tough game for the Hoyas.