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Preview: #25 Creighton @ Georgetown

The heckhole of the nation plays host to a rousing couple of scrappy squads in the Jays and Hoyas.

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GAME INFO:

Gametime: 6pm CT

Location: Washington DC

TV: CBS Sports Network

Georgetown radio: 980AM

Creighton radio: 1620am / 1620 The Zone App feat the voice of Xmus Jaxon Flaxon-Waxon Bishop and Taylor “Quiet Storm” Stormberg

Weather at tip-off: 52° fahrenheit, 8mph south-southeast winds, mostly cloudy


BETTER PREVIEWS THAN THIS ONE:

Tom Nemitz is at it again with the Georgetown edition of the Pregame Primer from WBR.

Jon Nyatawa enters your cerebellum with this excellent scouting report.

Whipple whips up a link dump at Casual Hoya for all you need to know about tonight.

Feel free to join Casual Hoya to interact with Hoya fans across the internet in this Game Thread!

Here’s the AP preview via the WaPo.

If you want the Rob Anderson experience, ride with the Creighton official website’s preview.

Here’s Georgetown’s official preview as well.


GENERAL PREVIEW

Everything about this game points to Georgetown just absolutely destroying Creighton on the interior. I’ve seen every fanbase from Louisana Tech and Oklahoma to Marquette and Xavier froth at the mouth at the opportunity to play against a team whose tallest player is 6’7. They become even frothier when they fail to score in the paint possession after possession.

If you’re a real Hoop Head like me (I just watch Creighton games and sometimes DePaul because I like to feel bad things) you’ll know that Creighton’s defense bends and breathes like a living creature. Rarely is it ever straight up man; they’ll double and fill when the postboy gets the ball under the basket. Their defense, when it isn’t getting blown to bits, is really enjoyable to watch. It’s fluid, it’s effective, and it forces OK shooters to become volume shooters.

That’s what you’ll see tonight. You’ll see Omer Yurtseven get his paws on the ball in the post and then immediately have Marcus Zegarowski or Mitch Ballock prying their hands into his bread basket, completely goofing up his already planned posterizing dunk.

You’ll see Qudus Wahab become confused and frustrated as he’s unable to get open looks at the basket even though he’s got like 5’’ on Christian Bishop. It’s going to happen. A lot.

Georgetown will need their guards to shine tonight if they have any chance of winning. Ty-Shon Alexander kept Markus Howard frustrated and under his average when the Jays played Marquette; he’s probably going to do something similar to Mac McClung as well.

The best thing that Ewing could possibly do to keep this game at arm’s length is to slow the pace and tempo. It’s contrary to everything he’s done so far this season (the Hoyas average about 15 seconds per possession) but Butler and Villanova seemed to find a lot of success at it.

A key component tonight for the Jays might be Denzel Mahoney. He’s going to get good looks and although the Hoyas don’t tend to foul, they’re a little short handed, so look for him to drive and draw fouls at a steady clip. He seems to be the most apt at it; he’s got a great big frame and can hit his freebies.

If Georgetown can hit their threes and keep the Jays at bay with a defensive tenacity, they’ll have a punchers chance at winning this. If Creighton gets hot early, they’ll likely win this one going away.


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