The fourth-leading scorer in the Big East will lead his Georgetown Hoyas against the slumping Providence Friars. Averaging a hearty 19.2 points per game, Jessie Govan and the Hoyas will battle the Friars, who’ve gotten off to a skittish 0-2 start in Big East play this season.
The Hoyas are 1-2 meanwhile and have suffered two consecutive defeats. They lost in OT to the St. John’s Red Storm last Saturday, and followed that up with an 81-75 loss to the Xavier Musketeers earlier in the week.
The common thread for these games was that Georgetown had leads... until they didn’t. St. John’s trailed 85-81 with 18 seconds left, but that didn’t stop them from forcing OT. Xavier, meanwhile, trailed by 17 points with 3:32 to go in the first half and then eventually led by as many as 12 points. Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas will certainly be hoping for better results this time around.
The loss of A.J. Reeves is hitting Providence hard. The Friars are 3-2 since he last played but, again, have lost their first two Big East games. They fell 79-68 to the Creighton Bluejays in their opener on NYE and then dropped one to the Villanova Wildcats last Saturday, 65-59.
The most jarring thing? These games were at home. Providence typically protects home court very well, but not in these particular instance. This is Providence’s first true road game since December 21, when they defeated the Texas Longhorns in Austin. They are 2-0 in road games this season, picking up wins against aforementioned Texas as well as the Boston College Eagles.
Providence will look to Alpha Diallo and Makai Ashton-Langford to get it going. Diallo is one of the best players in the Big East and Ashton-Langford is coming into this game on the heels of a 20-point effort against ‘Nova. They also need to see more consistency from both Isaiah Jackson and Nate Watson. Especially Watson, who has been plagued by a scoring slump that has lasted for quite some time now.
Georgetown meanwhile is going to have to find some options other than Govan and James Akinjo, their most productive players. Greg Malinowski has scored a combined 25 points in the team’s last two Big East games, so he could be somebody to watch. Josh LeBlanc scored 12 in the game against St. John’s but put up merely four against Xavier. LeBlanc, a freshman, will have to piece something good together and dominate down low along with Govan if the Hoyas want to stand a chance at winning.
This should prove to be a fun way to start the afternoon. So stay tuned y’all.
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