Jay Wright and his regular season conference champion Villanova Wildcats play host to JT3 and his always dangerous Hoyas. Can Georgetown garner some momentum heading into the conference tournament, or will Villanova continue to run roughshod over their BIG EAST compatriots?
How to watch or listen
Game Time: Noon ET
Streaming: FOX Sports Go (Where available)
Spread: The line for the game open at 'Nova -15 via OddsShark, they've since come down to -14 at most locations.
O/U: Opened at 145, now at 143.5 via BetDSI
ML: Opened at 'Nova -2000 and GTWN +1000
3 things to watch
1. What Villanova team do we see? With the top seed in the conference tournament clinched and those games quickly approaching, how much does VU head coach Jay Wright play his starters and key bench players? The same can be said to some extent for John Thompson III and Georgetown, who regardless of the outcome to today's game will be playing on the first day of the BIG EAST tournament.
2. DSR-Josh "The Hitman" Hart: If both teams play their key guys major minutes, we're in for one heck of a treat with this matchup. Both Hart and Hoya guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera lead their respective teams in scoring and can fill it up in a hurry. If at any point in this we see these two start to go at each other we could see some fireworks to end the regular season.
3. Who's number two? The Hoyas are struggling. They don't look like an NIT team. They're certainly not an NCAA tournament team, and I doubt they accept a CBI bid. So the only way for Georgetown to continue to remain relevant in a conference with more than a couple budding powers is to go on a run and win the BIG EAST tourney. Well, to do that they absolutely must find DSR a number two option. L.J. Peak has occasionally been that guy.
Same goes for Isaac Copeland, though neither has done it consistently. If one of the two can catch fire and provide the Hoyas with a spark heading into the postseason, who knows, maybe they make a magical run. But if the Hoyas want to even dream of doing so, somebody has to solidify themselves as a solid number two option for JT3's squad.