Game 17 - Georgetown (5-11) @ Marquette (12-4)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: January 7, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
How to Watch: Fox Sports 1
Matchup History: Marquette leads all-time series 19-14
Last Meeting: Marquette def. Georgetown 77-66 on 2/16/22
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +18.5
Prediction: Georgetown 72, Marquette 74
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 73-95 record at Georgetown)
Record: 5-11 (0-5 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost vs. Villanova 73-57 on 1/4
Player to Watch: Primo Spears
Georgetown takes the floor once again having lost six straight games, incluidng its opening five in Big East play this season.
On Wednesday, the Hoyas broke the Big East conference record for consecutive losses, suffering its 25th straight defeat in a 73-57 decision to Villanova.
Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing sits on perhaps the hottest seat in the country, but remains at the helm of the program he once led to a national title as a player in 1984.
The Hoyas are double-digit underdogs in Milwaukee on Saturday against a Marquette team that is perhaps the biggest early season surprise in the conference.
For the majority of its 15 remaining games, Georgetown will likely be significant underdogs. At some point, however, this unprecedented losing streak will end and will likely be in a scenario where the Hoyas are not expected to compete.
I am a sports reporter, so I am often wrong. I don’t know why but something about this fixture screams ‘close game’ to me.
The Hoyas just record a record-breaking loss, Marquette is at home for a sleepy Saturday 1:00 p.m. start locally and has a young team with a coach in his second season.
I like Marquette to win but this one stays close for a lot longer than most might expect.
Head Coach: Shaka Smart (2nd season, 31-17 record at Marquette)
Record: 12-4 (4-1 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Won @ St. John’s 96-85 on 1/3
Player to Watch: Kam Jones
What a start for Marquette.
Picked by many to finish in the bottom third of the Big East conference, the Golden Eagles, led by second year head coach Shaka Smart, are off to a 12-4 start and are 4-1 in the Big East.
MU boasts wins over Baylor, Notre Dame, Creighton and a road win at Villanova. Not too shabby.
Marquette has just two seniors on the roster, who average a combined 9 minutes per game. This is a young team that is building for the future and they are not supposed to be winning like this yet.
Not only is the team young, but they’re already playing as a team and shooting lights out.
The Golden Eagles are in the top 20 nationally in field goal percentage (50%), two-point field goal percentage (60%), and assists (17.9 per game). It’s a winning recipe that’s carried the team through the first half of the season.
Marquette has one of the best home courts in the Big East. They’ve only lost once on their home floor this season in an overtime loss to Wisconsin. Last season, MU lost only two Big East games in Milwaukee, an 8 point loss to UConn and a double-overtime loss to Creighton.
This team is young, they play together, they’re shooting great and they dominate at home. So why would I pick this game to be close?
I don’t know. College basketball is weird.