XAVIER MUSKETEERS VS. GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Records: Xavier (24-4, 12-3 Big East, 19-9 ATS) | Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East, 13-11 ATS)
Rankings: Xavier (#4 AP, #4 USA TODAY, #13 KenPom) | Georgetown (#90 KenPom)
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Watch Online: FOX Sports GO
Spread: Xavier (-5.5). They’re 6-point faves on Bovada.
O/U: Somewhere between 158.5-161, depending on where you look.
For Xavier, this is about getting back on track. The Musketeers had a nine-game winning streak going into Saturday’s titanic clash against the Villanova Wildcats. That white-hot run went up in smoke at the hands of the ‘Cats, who deftly defeated Xavier in their home dwelling of the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. Xavier had been barreling towards possibly dethroning ‘Nova from the top of the Big East standings. However, as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. And Xavier will likely have to settle and look up at Villanova in the standings, just like the rest of the conference.
For Georgetown, meanwhile, they’ll look to keep things rolling. They haven’t been on the floor in over a week, but the last we saw them, they took out two essential tournament teams in a row. Those being the Seton Hall Pirates and Butler Bulldogs, consecutively. Those were big wins for the Hoyas, as part of a finesse out of a four-game losing streak. They’ve flipped it into a two-game win streak, and will look to pull off a stunner in D.C. to make it three in a row.
The last meeting between these two proved to be rather entertaining. Georgetown kept it close to Xavier before they ultimately fell 96-91 in OT. Xavier allowed Georgetown to put up 32 3-point attempts in that game, which will be something to watch again. The Musketeers let Villanova pull up 34 times from beyond the arc in their last game, and consequently paid the price for it. Teams haven’t really been afraid to shoot the 3-ball against Xavier, as their 3-point field goal rate (3PA/FGA) allowed is at a staggering 42.0 percent. Junior forward Marcus Derrickson will be the man to watch from long range, as he leads the team with a 3-point FG% of 45.7 percent.