Nuts & Bolts
Date: November 25, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
How to Watch: Fox Sports 2
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 1-0
Last Meeting: Georgetown def. Jackson State 78-54 on 1/2/91
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown -11
Prediction: Georgetown 78, Jackson State 72
Georgetown hits the court again on Sunday following six days of rest and a Thanksgiving holiday to take on the Jackson State Tigers at Capital One Arena in DC.
The Hoyas host the 1-5 Tigers following a thrilling comeback victory over American this past Sunday, a game Georgetown trailed by as many as 11 in the second half and 4 with under 20 seconds to play.
Illinois transfer Jayden Epps played the hero in the win, scoring 31 points and knocking down four three pointers in the final minute of regulation to propel the Hoyas to overtime where they later won it 88-83, robbing AU of their second win over Georgetown in as many years.
It was a great win, but it should not have been that close. It’s pretty clear that Head Coach Ed Cooley has a lot of work to do with this Hoyas team, and that hard work may not yield many results in 2023-24.
Still, a win is a win, and a comeback win is something that wouldn’t have happened a year ago.
Long way to go, but not the worst start for Cooley’s Hoyas.
Following a 15 year NBA career, Mo Williams decided to go into coaching, first joining the staff as an assistant at Cal State Northridge before getting his first head coaching gig at Alabama State.
This year, Williams enters his second season at the helm of the Jackson State Tigers, a program that hasn’t put together a winning season since 2015-16.
Last year, in Williams’ first at the helm, the Tigers won their most conference games since that 2015-16 season, finishing third in the 12 team conference, following a 1-12 start.
This season, the team started 0-5, but is coming off its biggest ever win under Williams entering Saturday’s game against Georgetown.
On Sunday, just hours after the Hoyas came back to beat American in overtime, Jackson State took out Missouri on the road, winning 73-72.
In the game, the Tigers trailed by 3 at the half and was behind 71-67 with under 40 seconds to play.
Chase Adams scored, and Ken Evans, who led the Tigers with 22 points, made a layup with 15 seconds left to tie the game at 71.
Following a Missouri made free throw, it was Adams who made the game-winning jumper with 5 seconds remaining.
Missouri never even got a shot off in the closing seconds as Williams and his Tigers won a massive game on the road.
Now, Jackson State looks to repeat its heroics from last weekend against Georgetown, and they may have the team, and the opportunity, to do it.