The Georgetown Hoyas and Creighton Bluejays are set to meet on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington D.C.
This will be an intriguing matchup between two teams who’re currently under .500 in Big East play. The Hoyas, at 2-3, are looking to hit the .500 mark with a victory. Meanwhile, the Bluejays, 1-4, are just looking to climb out of the hole they have dug themselves into.
Creighton hasn’t won a Big East game since New Year’s Eve, when they toppled the Providence Friars. They have since lost to the Butler Bulldogs, Marquette Golden Eagles, Villanova Wildcats and St. John’s Red Storm in consecutive fashion. They have mostly seen themselves get routed in these losses, as three have been by double digits, two by 15 points. The Marquette loss was obviously a tough one to swallow as it was by two in OT. Regardless of that, Creighton is hungry for a conference victory and they hope to satisfy their appetite on Monday night.
Georgetown has gone through peaks and valleys so far. They began Big East play with an 84-76 win over Butler, before falling 97-94 in OT to St. John’s and 81-75 to the Xavier Musketeers. They rebounded with a 2OT win over Providence, but lost by Marquette by three last week at home. Georgetown has held leads in all five Big East games so far, which perhaps makes their 2-3 record more dissatisfying.
Two of the Big East’s most potent scorers will be on display in this game. Jessie Govan and Ty-Shon Alexander rank within the Top 10 in points per game this season in the conference.
Govan, 4th, has put up 19.7 points per game this season. He had just 14 points in the loss to Marquette, however, with a mark of 1-for-4 on 2-point attempts and just four attempts from the FT line. He did go 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, but he has certainly had better efforts this year, much like the 33-point outburst he had against Providence.
Concurrently, Alexander has scored 17.0 points per game, which puts him 9th as of now. Like Govan, he’s coming off a game in which he didn’t play up to par. He went 4-for-13 from the field and only had 10 points in the loss to St. John’s. He also hasn’t taken a single free throw attempt in the last two games. We’ll see if he can try to create more opportunities for himself in this one.
All told, this should prove to be an intriguing matchup featuring two teams who need to get themselves out of the cellar and get going.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
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