Time & Place: Noon ET, Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson & Shannon Spake)
Stream: FOX Sports GO (where available)
Gamblin’ Info: Georgetown is a 9-point favorite via OddsShark. The over/under opened at 110.
Three Things To Watch
Not Your Father’s UConn vs. Georgetown: If this matchup gives you visions of past Huskies-Hoyas games, you might want to temper your expectations. Both teams come into this game not looking like their best selves.
Georgetown is entering the game coming off of a decisive 83-55 win over St. John’s on Monday. That win, however, was preceded by an 0-4 start to Big East play. The Hoyas will look to get a good nonconference home win against a familiar foe.
UConn is overcoming the loss of seven players over the summer, including three of their four leading scorers. That was compounded earlier this season by the additional losses of key scorers Terry Larrier and Alterique Gilbert due to injury. The Huskies started the season 5-9, including an 0-3 start to their conference schedule in the AAC.
Connecticut enters the game winners of their last two, taking down UCF and Temple at home. They will look to carry that momentum into Saturday’s road matchup.
Sending Invitations For The Block Party: Despite UConn’s massive loss of offensive firepower, they remain a formidable defensive team. The Huskies are 30th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency (94.8 points allowed per 100 possessions) and 46th in points allowed per game (65.3).
Senior center Amida Brimah is the anchor of the Husky defensive front. Brimah’s 3.2 blocks per game are tied for third-most in the nation, and his 15.9 block percentage is tops in the NCAA. If Georgetown wants to get to the basket, they’ll have to get past him.
Winning on Georgetown’s Terms: Despite Georgetown’s mercurial nature, they are also one of the better defensive teams in the nation. The Hoyas are 60th in defensive efficiency, allowing 98.0 points per 100 possessions.
Luckily for them, UConn is 233rd in points per 100 possessions (101.0) and 323rd in points per game (65.6). The Hoyas could be in good shape if they can get their offense going early and hold their ground on defense.
Pace of play will also play a big part in this game. According to KenPom.com, the Huskies play the 327th-fastest pace in the country at 65.1 possessions per 40 minutes. That’s slow even for a program that has routinely placed in the 200s during the Ollie administration.
Meanwhile, Georgetown plays the 81st-quickest pace in the country (71.3). They will have to control the tempo on their home floor if they want to gain traction against UConn.