How to Watch
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Spread: Creighton -7.5
Moneyline: Creighton -350 | Georgetown +280
Georgetown pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season last week. The HOyas walked into Omaha and uprooted Creighton with a near-double digit win. Now, the sides have flipped, as the Hoyas will host the Bluejays for a Tuesday night Big East showdown.
The Hoyas are still underdogs, although not nearly as massive as last week. This is part because they’ve been playing really well over the last two games, and because the game is in D.C. Although they ate a loss to mighty Villanova over the weekend, they were very competitive throughout. The Hoyas even held a lead at one point over the Cats at Finneran Pavilion, showcasing that they’ve been hard to crack. They also covered a mighty big spread in that game, so there seems to be a brief shift in perspective.
When it comes to how they’ve performed on the court, Georgetown has been playing pretty well on offense. The Hoyas rank fourth in the conference in 3-point shooting against Big East foes, shooting the ball at a 36.4 percent clip from the perimeter. Creighton has hit 37.3 percent of their attempts from deep, ranking third in the conference. So you’ll likely see a lot of the offense come from outside in this game. Creighton does have an advantage on defense in that department, but time will tell to see if that prevents the Hoyas from a deft performance. After all, Georgetown made 10 3-pointers in their last meeting and weren’t slowed down at all.
The Hoyas will likely have to hope for another prodigious offensive performance. That’s because their defense will be tested again. Creighton ranks 2nd in AdjOE, 1st in eFG%, 1st in 2PT FG% and, as we said, 3rd in 3PT FG% against Big East opponents. Georgetown’s defense meanwhile ranks dead last in AdjDE and 8th in 3PT FG% allowed. One area where they could slow the Jays down is inside, as they rank 4th in 2PT FG% allowed. But as we know, Creighton will let it fly with the best of them. So the perimeter is going to be the biggest area where they have to lock down.
Ultimately, I’m expecting an interesting game here. Creighton hasn’t had a really dominant win over any team since they won by nearly 20 over St. John’s on January 9. Since then they’ve eaten three losses, and all their wins have been by single digits. With how competitive Georgetown has been of late, even in losses, it could make for a very fun matchup on this Tuesday night.