As the second week of Big East play chugs along, there are three undefeated teams (Butler, Seton Hall, Providence) and three winless teams (Georgetown, DePaul, St. John’s). While there’s a chance Seton Hall falls to Xavier and narrows that list to two, it’s a certainty that the winless team list will shrink tonight, as the Georgetown Hoyas (10-5, 0-2) host the St. John’s Red Storm (11-4, 0-2).
Both of these teams surged through nonconference play, with Georgetown getting better as time went on, and St. John’s playing strongly throughout. Their conference losses are to Butler, Providence, Seton Hall, and Xavier, so none of the losses have been “bad” per se, it’s just an unfortunate gauntlet in the Big East this year that one of these teams will be 0-3 by the end of the night.
A major key for St. John’s will be to see if they can get more out of Mustapha Heron than they got against Xavier. Heron is coming back from a sprained ankle and scored 11 points in 22 minutes against the Musketeers, but struggled to really get going in his first game back. Now that he has a game and more practice under his belt, plus another few days of healing, it’ll be interesting to see if he can provide more of a spark against Georgetown.
For the Hoyas, the continued strong play of Omer Yurtseven will be vital in this matchup. After a double-double against Providence in Georgetown’s Big East opener, the NC State transfer struggled against Seton Hall, recording a season-low nine points. With James Akinjo gone, Yurtseven and Mac McClung have taken up the bulk of the offense for Georgetown. If one is off, the system falls apart.
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