Wednesday night will feature a few Big East games, and one of increasing importance for one team will be going down.
The Georgetown Hoyas are putting together a strikingly quality resume. They’ve earned wins over the Butler Bulldogs and Creighton Bluejays in this Big East season, and are sitting at 5-7 in conference play now. With an opportunity in front of them to make a sizable run towards the postseason, they’ll welcome the Providence Friars to Washington D.C. on this Wednesday evening.
Providence comes into this game fresh off a major win of their own. The Friars defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 74-71 over the weekend, and propped up to 7-6 in league play as a result. It was their third win in their last five games, having struck Butler and Creighton as well in that time period. Their losses to the Xavier Musketeers and St. John’s Red Storm struck a bit of a chord, but the win over Seton Hall was huge. And so too will be this game between the Friars and Hoyas.
Providence’s offense has been sluggish to say the least this year. They rank in the lower profiles for most offensive categories, both basic and advanced metrics. Georgetown’s offense, meanwhile, has been a lot stronger despite a real serious lack of depth. The Friar defense can counter them, but it will be interesting to see if their offense can muster up the task at hand. The Hoyas have a really weak perimeter defense, allowing 35.1 percent of shots to be made. But PC has made just 31.8 percent of their 3-point takes this year. That sluggish mark could wind up hurting them, especially if the Hoyas and their 35 percent mark from downtown get hot.
If Providence wants to win, they’ll have to buck a trend for teams this season coming to D.C. The Hoyas are 10-5 at the Capital One Arena this year, and while they are 1-2 in their last three games at home, they have still been great there more than they haven’t been. Providence also needs to buck a trend of their own. They are 3-6 away from the Dunk this year, and have lost four of their last five road games in conference play. Their lone win in that run came against Butler at Hinkle, no small task of course. But they have had their road woes this season.
Georgetown has been scintillating of late and if I were to pick a winner, I’d probably pick the Hoyas. But the Big East has been littered with surprises this season. With such a small spread, neither result would surprise me here.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Watch Online: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Georgetown -1.5
Moneyline: Providence +105 | Georgetown -125
- Georgetown is 12-12-1 ATS this season, 6-8-1 ATS at home and 6-7-1 ATS as a home fave
- Providence is 11-14-1 ATS this season, 4-4-1 ATS on the road and 4-1-1 ATS as a road dog