It has a been a tough season for both the Georgetown Hoyas and the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles were the favorite to win the Big East conference, but they’ve showed nothing that backs up that prediction thus far. The most impressive win the Golden Eagles have had was against George Washington. The Golden Eagles hold an record of 10-8 and 2-3 in the Big East.
Forwards Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner lead the Golden Eagles offense, the duo average 25 points per game combined. The front-court is not the problem for Marquette, the back-court is the issue because they don’t have anyone capable of running their offense well. Look for the Hoyas to put pressure on Marquette guards so they can cause some turnovers.
Georgetown’s back-court should win this game because their guards are much better than Marquette guards. Once the Hoyas cause some turnovers, they will most likely get out in transition. The Hoyas have a couple things they need to do so they can turn their season around after two straight losses in conference play. The being on the defensive end, they have to pressure the ball. If they pressure the ball, they will be able to cause turnovers so they can get out and run. Creating more transition opportunities will keep the Marquette defense on their heels. The guard play for the Hoyas must be better if they wish to win this game.
The Hoyas need to play a full game of basketball. In each of the past few games, teams have made multiple runs in the seconds half to pull out a win against them. Georgetown has had several stretches in the second half where they can’t score the ball, which is why they’ve loss some of these close games.
Lastly, the Hoyas must repeat their performance on the glass from the Seton Hall game. If they continue to rebound the ball, they will have a shot to win the game. Aaron Bowen, Mikael Hopkins, and Moses Ayebega have been rebounding the ball well, but the team as a whole needs to contribute on the glass.