It was on TV and everything.
Unfortunately, since Villanova already locked up second-place in the Big East thanks to Xavier’s win over DePaul, and Georgetown locked up eighth-place when St. John’s fell to Providence, this game was just kind of... there. Villanova picked up a 97-72
Don’t get me wrong. It had its moments. Mikal Bridges leading all Wildcats and celebrating his appearance on the Wooden Award top 15 with 24 points in what was likely his final regular-season collegiate game, Villanova racking up their eighth straight victory over the Hoyas, and Jalen Brunson celebrating his appearance on the Wooden Award top 15 with a stout 16 point, seven assist day, and Jessie Govan showing why he’s likely the best big man in the Big East with a career-high 30-point showing.
Other than that, though, this game was business as usual. One of the nice things about conference play is that by the end, you know all you need to know about any two teams that are playing. In this case, Georgetown is a team that will likely look good in next year’s Big East, while Villanova remains Final Four good this year.
In addition to Bridges and Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo (15), Eric Paschall (13) and Omari Spellman (13) all played a part in the blowout victory.
For the Hoyas, Jamorko Pickett concluded a strong freshman regular season with ten points, his fourteenth double-digit performance of the season.
Georgetown will now meet St. John’s in Wednesday’s Big East Tournament opener, which is pretty cool when you think about it. Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing, two of the best players in conference history, opening one of college basketball’s longest standing traditions at Madison Square Garden? It’ll be a blast.