Last Wednesday, the DePaul Blue Demons and Georgetown Hoyas clashed in Washington D.C. After 40 minutes of action, it was Georgetown who emerged victorious in our nation’s capital. One week later, the scene shifts from D.C. to Chicago, as the Blue Demons play host to the Hoyas, who are trying to solidify a possible NCAA Tournament berth.
The last time these two teams met, Jessie Govan and Max Strus erupted, as they are to do. Strus scored 25 points and Govan put up 26, but it of course was Govan’s Hoyas who defeated Strus’ Blue Demons. Both teams had two other double figure scorers. Eli Cain and Paul Reed gave DePaul 14 and 16 respectively, while James Akinjo and Mac McClung chipped in 13 and 15 respectively for Georgetown. Similar outputs from either side would certainly do a lot to tip the scales in this game.
Speaking of Strus... did you see what he did last time around? Max scored 43 points against the St. John’s Red Storm on just 22 shots from the field. That’s the kind of performance that will draw attention, and Strus got plenty of it. Georgetown will have to do their damnedest to key in on him in this game, because he’s been pretty awesome of late. Especially so inside. He’s converted on 23 of his last 36 2-point shots from the field, that run spanning the last four games.
In Georgetown’s most recent win over the Seton Hall Pirates, they got two double-doubles. One from Govan, who put up 21 & 12. The other, meanwhile, came from Josh LeBlanc. LeBlanc, the freshman wing, scored 14 points and had 17 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. It was his best performance of the season from a rebounding perspective, and the ninth time all year that he’s hit double digits in the rebounding department. DePaul will certainly have to put a body on him if they want to contain such an effort or stymie it completely.
Georgetown is doing their damnedest right to make a serious push to the NCAA Tournament. Should they do the deal, it would be their first appearance since 2015. A win over DePaul could do a lot to help them stay on the right path to a bid come Selection Sunday. For their sake, they get the job done in the Windy City and leave with nothing to regret or kick themselves over.
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