Xavier, ranked 17th nationally, faces conference foe Georgetown on Saturday at the Verizon Center. On Wednesday, Xavier gifted Providence a 26 point beatdown during their trip to Cincinnati while Georgetown fell to Marquette, 76-66.
How to Watch, Listen, and Stream
Game Time: 11 a.m. ET
TV: FS1 (Gus Johnson, Jim Spanarkel)
Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Georgetown), 700 WLW (Xavier)
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Xavier is favored by two points, per OddsShark. The over/under is set at 143.5.
Xavier leads the all-time series 9-4, although the two Big East schools split the home-and-home matchup last season with the visiting team winning each game. Xavier enters Saturday’s matchup with an 11-2 record, while Georgetown is 8-5 on the season.
Georgetown’s offense and Rodney Pryor. The former can’t exist without the latter. The senior guard is the epitome of efficient, especially against tougher competition. In Georgetown’s six games against power conference opponents, Pryor averages over 20 points on just 12 shots. Despite carrying the Hoyas’ offense for 32 minutes, he unbelievably shoots 55 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. His game logs are truly absurd: he made 13-of-16 in the season opener, made 7-of-8 threes in a single game, scored 30 points in 16 minutes, and had a 26 and 10 double-double to knock off then-No. 13 Oregon in the Maui Invitational
Xavier’s Edmond Sumner and Malcolm Bernard will likely take turns guarding Pryor. Earlier in the season, the duo held Clemson guard Jaron Blossomgame, one of the best players in the ACC, to 13 points on 12 shots. The defensive performance by the Musketeers guards will determine the result on Saturday.
On the other side of the ball, Trevon Bluiett has put up similarly impressive numbers on offense. Bluiett has scored 21.8 points on 13 shots per game over the last seven games, including two nights with six three point shots in December. The junior forward also averages six rebounds and two assists per game. L.J. Peak will get the difficult assignment of guarding Bluiett.