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Marquette takes on Georgetown in a Big East battle from Washington D.C. at 2pmET. Both teams are 2-3 in the Big East to place them at tied for sixth in the league.
Big win for EaglesMarquette came back from losing two tough games against Providence in overtime at home and first-place Seton Hall on the road by 14, to defeat Xavier at home 85-65 on Jan.15. Markus Howard led the way with 35 points and now leads Division I with 27.3 points per game. His Golden Eagles shot 48% from the floor and 38% (10-26) from beyond the arc. They also crushed Xavier on the boards 44-28.
Tremendous night on Wednesday honoring @WessyWes23 with the #mubb fans in attendance and some of his @Bucks teammates as well. Good luck the rest of the season Wesley! @FiservForum pic.twitter.com/5791CULjs6— Marquette Basketball (@MarquetteMBB) January 16, 2020
Howard is just 5-11, 180 and shoots 43.1% from beyond the arc. He's nearly unstoppable and has scored 26 or more points in seven of his last eight games. But he can use some help. Sacar Anim (6-5, 210) is the only other player to average in double figures with 12.0 points per game.
Defensively, they allow 67.9 points per game on 38.9% shooting (39th) and 29% three-point shooting (31st). Offensively, they are the 8th-ranked three-point shooting team in the nation at 39.9%.
Can the Hoyas slow down Howard?Howard will get his points, but the question for Georgetown is whether they can slow down the other four Marquette starters and put up some points on offense. On Wednesday, the Hoyas edge Creighton at home 83-80. But since the New Year has begun, Georgetown has not won two straight games.
Part of Georgetown's problems start with a squad that is decimated due to transfers. So they have very limited depth. In their win over the Bluejays, They really played just six players and two played five minutes apiece. Center Omar Yurtseven led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while guard Mac McClung added 19 points and five assists.
Yurtseven leads the Hoyas with 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game on 56.4% shooting. McClung adds 16.1 points but is shooting just 41.2% from the field (34.2% 3pt). The Hoyas struggle defensively, allowing 73.1 points per game and 36% three-point shooting (306th). But they crush teams on the boars by 5.7 per game. They also shoot 45.7 percent from the fild.
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Marquette is: n/a
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Georgetown doesn't defend the three well. Are you kidding me? They allow over 36% from beyond the arc and they are facing one of the best three-point shooting teams in the nation, who average nearly 40% per game. Even if the double and triple Howard, they have Anim, who averages 40.7% from beyond the arc. They also have a 7-foot senior in Jayce Johnson, who is a very good rebounder and can slow down Yurtseven. Take the road team.
Prediction: Marquette +3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Neither team is great defensively. Georgetown is averaging nearly 80 points per game, but they are surrendering 73 points per game. So pace of play is going to be pretty fast in this one because Marquette averages 77 points. Expect this game to be in the low 80s if not higher.
Prediction: Over 153