Game 4 - Georgetown (1-2) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (1-1)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: November 18, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
How to Watch: N/A
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 5-0
Last Meeting: Georgetown def. Mount St. Mary’s 81-68 on 11/6/19
Prediction: Georgetown 72, Mount St. Mary’s 57
Georgetown returns to action Saturday afternoon following a disappointing loss on the road in the Gavitt Games against Rutgers on Tuesday night.
The Hoyas were held to just 60 points, shot 35% from the field, and managed just 4 assists compared to an abysmal 21 turnovers.
It was the worst performance Georgetown has had in its first three games by far. The offense looked stagnant, like it often did a season ago, and the team often looked lost on the floor.
Georgetown did do some important things well, however. They outrebounded Rutgers 40-29 and went 81% from the free throw line, going 17/21 from the charity stripe.
With that said, the Hoyas will likely never win a game in which they turn the ball over more than 20 times.
Every starter for Georgetown turned it over at least twice, including five each by Rowan Brumbaugh and Jayden Epps, and three each by Supreme Cook and Dontrez Styles.
The Hoyas never led, and trailed by as many as 18 on the way to a disappointing 71-60 defeat in Piscataway.
Georgetown should have plenty of time to ‘get right,’ starting Saturday against Mount St. Mary’s.
After the Saturday tilt, the Hoyas are right back to it with a Sunday game against American, followed by home games against Jackson State and Merrimack upcoming.
Head Coach Dan Engelstad enters his 6th season as head coach of Mount St. Mary’s having had one NCAA Tournament appearance in the previous five seasons.
That was in 2021, and the Mountaineers lost in the First Four in Dayton, OH. That year, and every year under Engelstad, the team has finished below .500, only finishing above .500 in-conference twice in five years.
Last season, the program completed its move from the NEC to the MAAC, finishing 8-12 in conference and 13-20 overall.
So far this year, and dating back to last, the Mountaineers have struggled to put points on the board, scoring just 53 in the opening loss to Maryland and 74 in the win over Coppin State last weekend.
A season ago, the team averaged just 63.7 points per game, finishing 309th out of 363 division I college basketball teams.
The team doesn’t have a ton of size, and will need to knock down shots in order to keep it close against Georgetown. Otherwise, it’ll be a very tall order to come into DC and give the Hoyas their third straight loss.