In the second battle in Washington, DC, Georgetown will face Providence and try to avoid being 0-2 against the Friars. Coming off a huge win against Creighton Bluejays, who are not in the conversation for being one of the best teams in the conference, Georgetown now has to face one of the top teams in the Big East. Georgetown comes to the game with a 20 point win over Creighton, while Providence comes in off a 10 point loss to St. John's at Madison Square Garden.
Both teams are starting to play better down the stretch, but for Georgetown, this is the most important stretches of the season because it can either make or break them. Providence has to stars on the team in LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn, who have been playing impressive throughout the whole season, even though the scoring is not always high, they do impressive things to contribute to the team outside of that. Georgetown has a deep group of players at almost every position that can come in and contribute and that has been to the key to success for this team each and every game. Georgetown has to do a few things better last time, so they will not come out with a loss
Georgetown's offense needs to be better than the last Providence game
Georgetown's offense against Providence on January 10, where they lost by three points in overtime, has gotten better since that loss. Georgetown is moving the ball better and it's not stagnant. Georgetown will need to continue to move the ball to spread the defense of Providence out, because the Friars really good on ball defenders and put a lot of pressure on the ball handlers. If the ball is moving well, it will allow the shooters to make plays, but it is all about making the smart play. Georgetown has to make shots from the perimeter because in the last game against the Friars, Georgetown made 4 out of 17 shots from behind the arc
Providence has to look out for Georgetown's freshmen
Providence does a great job at recognizing what players they need to focus on, and in the last game against Georgetown, the main players they focused on are D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Joshua Smith, who erupted for 15 points and 12 rebounds in that game. Isaac Copeland is a big part of Georgetown's offense and defense during the course of the season because his defense has been superb and has really been making an impact on offense also. Providence will need to focus on all the freshmen who play quality minutes, because if any of them start to get a groove at any point of the game, Georgetown will have an advantage
Who will win?
Georgetown will win this game, but it will not be a blowout because the Friars are just to talented of a team to allow that to happen. Georgetown is on a roll because since the loss to Providence. They are 5-1 in their last six games . Georgetown will attempt to contain both Henton and Dunn, who are both in the Big East Player of the Year discussion, but D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is also in the conversation. It will be interesting to see which teams starts off fast.