How to watch and stream
Game Time: 2:30 PM ET
Stream: Fox Sports Go (where streaming is available)
Spread: Marquette -9.5 (via Oddsshark.com)
O/U: 155 (via Oddsshark.com)
Last Time They Met
Marquette won, 74-71, in the nation’s capital.
The Golden Eagles need a win in order to have a shot at tying the No. 23 Villanova Wildcats (22-8, 13-4 Big East) for the crown. At worst, Marquette will head to the Big Apple as the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament. On the other end of the spectrum, the Hoyas are one of five teams currently sitting on eight conference wins, with the DePaul Blue Demons and Butler Bulldogs lurking just behind with seven wins apiece.
Pending other results, the Hoyas could finish as high as the No. 3 seed, and would thus secure a first round bye in the conference tournament for the first time since 2015. Or, they could fall as low as the No. 9 seed. Talk about contrasts.
Marquette fell to the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday evening. Myles Powell scored 34 points as the Pirates ended the game on an 18-0 run, which dealt a devastating blow to Marquette’s regular season title hopes. Markus Howard scored scored just six points on the night, and the Golden Eagles will need him to return to form to mount a run in the postseason.
Howard played just three minutes against the Hoyas earlier this season due to back spasms, so this will be his first real chance to go against the Georgetown freshman backcourt duo of Mac McClung and James Akinjo. Sam Hauser scored 31 points in Howard’s absence, propelling the Golden Eagles to victory. With defensive stopper Kaleb Johnson sidelined (concussion) and Jamorko Pickett’s minutes rapidly decreasing (coach’s decision), the Hoyas might find it difficult to contain Marquette’s size across the floor.
Speaking of struggling defensively, you might have heard that Georgetown allowed DePaul to score 100+ points for the first time since March 2006. It was a night to forget for Georgetown, which couldn’t defend the three-ball and look disinterested for prolonged stretches. Akinjo and McClung tallied 13 points apiece, but no other Hoya finished in double figures.
The loss effectively dashed the Hoyas’ hopes of earning an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, making a win against Marquette imperative to helping the Hoyas improve their Big East Tournament seed, and their chances of winning the conference’s automatic bid.
There will likely be a lot of points in this game and a lot of shuffling in the Big East standings throughout the action. And that’s exactly how the final day of Big East basketball should be.