Time and Date: Tuesday, February 13 @ 6:30 p.m. ET
Records: Georgetown (14-10, 4-9 Big East) | Butler (17-9, 7-6 Big East)
Rankings: Georgetown (#94 KenPom) | Butler (#20 KenPom)
TV Channel: CBS Sports Network
Watch Online: http://www.cbssports.com/general/show/live/
Previous Match-up: On December 27, Butler came back from 20 points down to top Georgetown in double overtime, 91-89.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Spread: Butler is an 11-point favorite.
Georgetown travels to Indiana to face Butler on Tuesday, and if this match-up is anything like the previous match-up between the two teams, Big East fans are in for a treat. As a reminder, Butler trailed by 20 points in the first half before mounting a furious comeback. Butler was able to force overtime, and then in a second overtime, Kelan Martin gave the Bulldogs the win with three seconds left.
Since then, Butler has had much more success in conference play than Georgetown has, but the Hoyas are by no means a pushover. They took Xavier to overtime just nine days ago, then battled Providence in a close loss, and finally broke through by beating Seton Hall on Saturday. Meanwhile, Butler lost two hard-fought battles to Xavier and Villanova this last week.
Butler and Georgetown have different motivating factors going into the home stretch of conference play. Butler may have slid back onto “the bubble” with two losses last week, and every conference win boosts the Bulldogs’ tournament resume. With seniors Kelan Martin and Tyler Wideman departing after this season, the Dawgs are desperate to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth.
Meanwhile, Georgetown is trying to prepare for the Big East Tournament where anybody could make a run. Georgetown is also trying to grow and gain experience for some of its young players. The Hoyas have played very well at times this year, and the program might be on the verge of a turnaround.
Keys to the Game
Georgetown: Take care of the basketball
Georgetown has been turnover prone at times this year, and in its last loss against Butler, it turned the ball over a whopping 21 times. Butler is a team that plays well in transition and feasts on turnovers. If the Hoyas can win the possession battle, they stand a much better chance of beating the Dawgs.
Butler: Scorer #3
One couldn’t watch the Butler-Villanova match-up without feeling bad for Kelan Martin and Kamar Baldwin. The two stars were terrific on offense, but they couldn’t find a third scorer to help them out. In most Butler victories this year, a third guy has stepped up. Butler needs Jorgensen, Wideman, or McDermott to step up and score in double figures.