Game 10 - Georgetown (4-5) vs Siena (5-3)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to Watch: Fox Sports 2
Matchup History: Siena leads all-time 4-3
Last Meeting: Georgetown defeated Siena 83-65 on 11/19/21
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown -6
Prediction: Georgetown 64, Siena 71
Official Game Notes: HERE
I had a game preview all written and ready to go for the South Carolina game but I forgot to publish on Saturday morning. I traveled with the fam to Cincinnati for the Chiefs Bengals game on Sunday and stopped by Xavier to watch the Musketeers win over West Virginia on Saturday night.
A fun weekend for me in Cincy (besides the stupid Chiefs), and a not so fun weekend for the Hoyas as Georgetown fell in an overtime heartbreaker to South Carolina, who just lost by 24 three days earlier to George Washington.
Once again, Georgetown started strong and led by as many as 11 only to surrender the lead and fall in OT.
“I thought we started out the game flat,” head coach Patrick Ewing said. “Second half we started out flat again…We went from an 11-point lead to a 7-point lead and then it was just nip and tuck.”
An 11 point halftime lead evaporated. South Carolina needed nearly 17 minutes to come all the way back but they finally took a 62-61 lead with 3:08 to play. From
there, it was back-and-forth until the end.
The Gamecocks had a chance to win the game with 3 seconds to go but only made one of two free throws. In overtime, Georgetown never led and only scored six points.
A disappointing defeat in which three Hoyas finished in double figures, led by Jay Heath, who scored 20+ points for the second time this season finishing with 23 points and 6 rebounds.
The Hoyas lost the second half by double digits for the fifth time in nine games. As you might imagine, they’ve won just one of those games.
A trend of second half collapses that appeared to be corrected in the Texas Tech game reared its head once again against an opponent that had just been run out the gym by George Washington just three days earlier.
Siena is no joke. The same second half energy will spell defeat for Georgetown on Wednesday.
Siena has already beaten a Big East team this year as the Saints took down Seton Hall 60-55 on November 27.
They head to D.C. with a 5-3 record and having won their past two games. The best player on the team, Javian McCollum leads the team in scoring (18.3 PPG) and is coming off a season high 27 points in the 74-70 win over Canisius.
Head coach Carmen Maciariello is in his fourth season and has finished in the top three of the MAAC every year at the helm and has won the conference twice.
In his first season, the Saints won the conference tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled, robbing Siena of its first tournament appearance since 2010 and seventh appearance ever.
These guys are no joke. I like Siena more than LMU, Coppin State, La Salle and American and the Hoyas struggled against all of those teams and lost to two of them.
I view this as a toss-up game that could easily fall either way. If we get the Georgetown team that showed up in the second half of the Texas Tech game, the Hoyas will win by double-digits. If we get the Georgetown team we’ve seen in the second half all too often this year, it could be another frustrating night in D.C.