How to Watch/Stream/Listen
TV: Noon ET on FOX
Radio: 540 ESPN (Milwaukee), 106.7 FM (Washington DC)
Georgetown is listed as a 2.5 point favorite on Oddsshark. The Golden Eagles are 12-12 against the spread; the Hoyas are 8-15 against the spread. The over/under is 159.
The series is tied at 11-11.
Last Time Out
Marquette dropped a home decision 68-65 to Butler. Georgetown lost on the road to Villanova, 75-64.
- The postseason looms. Thus spoke Zarathustra, “Both of these teams are receiving postseason considerations.” According to BracketMatrix, the Golden Eagles are currently averaging around a 10-seed in most predicted brackets (actually 9.97 in 86 brackets). The Hoyas of Georgetown are in the Next Four Out right now on BracketMatrix, averaging a 10.20 seed in five brackets. Both teams need this win. Georgetown needs to improve its resume to start getting more looks and play their way into a 10 or 11 seed (maybe play their way into Dayton if they have to). Marquette, on the other hand, needs to solidify it’s hold on it’s seed line. Only one of these things can happen, and this may be the tipping point for either team. With Marquette probably needing to go 4-2 in their last six, including two against Xavier, one against Creighton and St. John’s at home, and having to travel to Providence, Marquette coming out needing four wins after this may sink their chances. Georgetown probably needs nine wins to get considerations, which means they need at least five wins in their next six, including going to Creighton, to Seton Hall, and hosting Villanova. That means this is a must win (you know, more of a must win than every game should already be during Big East conference play).
- Rodney Pryor is a scary, scary, scary player. The transfer guard has been a highlight for the Hoyas this year, and his play will more than likely dictate the game. If Coach Thompson has a solid gameplan, revolving around Pryor, I think he’ll absolutely torch the Golden Eagles. With their offense being rather weak their last time out (but their defense somehow showing up), this may be prime time for the Hoyas to nab a win away from a tournament team and derail Marquette’s postseason hopes. If they want to do that, Pryor needs to fire on all cylinders.
The Don’t @ Me Prediction
Welp. I’ve been wrong on my first two predictions; one the wrong way, one the right way (Yes, I did predict Marquette to lose to DePaul. That was probably dumb.)
That being said, I’m the least sure about this game. Marquette won in Milwaukee, but we’ve seen a Jekyll and Hyde Marquette team this year, and being 1-3 in the last four is one hell of a hangover after being Villanova (including losses to St. John’s and Providence).
However, 2017 is no longer the year of “shoot your shot” but the year of “pull up from 30”, so here’s me hoisting a very Andrew Rowsey-esque shot and saying that Marquette pulls this one off in weird fashion, 80-76.