Game Preview - Georgetown vs. St. John's
Game 29 - Georgetown (7-21) vs. St. John’s (16-12)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: February 22, 2023
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to Watch: CBS Sports Network
Matchup History: St. John’s leads all-time series 64-57
Last Meeting: St. John’s def. Georgetown 75-73 on 1/29
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +2.5
Prediction: Georgetown 74, St. John’s 71
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 75-105 record at Georgetown)
Record: 7-21 (2-15, 11th in Big East)
Last Time Out: Won @ Butler 68-62 on 2/19
Player to Watch: Primo Spears
Georgetown snapped its six game losing streak on Sunday with a surprising win on the road at Butler, defeating the Bulldogs 68-62 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
It was Georgetown’s first win on the road in 722 days and came at a time when the Hoyas were playing great ball, but not getting wins.
Qudus Wahab had missed the prior two games, but came up huge off the bench in the win, scoring 14 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 26 minutes.
LSU transfer Brandon Murray led the way for the Hoyas, scoring 17 points and adding 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
The win is a much-needed confidence boost as the Hoyas get closer to Madison Square Garden and the Big East Tournament.
On Wednesday, Georgetown takes on St. John’s, who just beat Georgetown on January 29 in a 75-73 thriller.
In that game, the Hoyas led by as many as 8 in the second half before relinquishing control and falling to the Red Storm thanks to an AJ Storr game-winning three in the closing seconds.
As it stands, St. John’s and Georgetown are set to face off again two weeks from Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.
Based on the similarities between these teams, expect a close battle tonight in D.C., with both teams fully aware that they may be seeing each other again sooner rather than later.
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (4th season, 66-53 record at St. John’s)
Record: 16-12 (6-11, 8th in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost vs. #19 Creighton 77-67 on 2/18
Player to Watch: Joel Soriano
Once upon a time, St. John’s was 11-1, with the only blemish against an Iowa State team that is currently a projected 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Since, St. John’s has won just five of 16 games.
It is likely that the Red Storm will need to win its last three games of the regular season against Georgetown, #18 UConn and @ #10 Marquette plus win a game or two in New York if they want to make the Big Dance.
Doable but unlikely.
Since Mike Anderson arrived at St. John’s after his dismissal at Arkansas, the Red Storm has been extremely inconsistent while showing flashes of potential.
This year’s team is no exception. St. John’s has won @ UConn and beat Providence but has also been swept by Creighton, Villanova, Seton Hall and Xavier.
What the Red Storm has going for them is that they really don’t have any bad losses…yet. Georgetown will likely get two chances to change that, the first being tonight in D.C. and the second in two weeks time should the two squads face off in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.
It’s late and getting later for St. John’s and Mike Anderson. The Red Storm can’t lose this game.