Game 15 - Georgetown (5-9) vs. Butler (8-6)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: January 1, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to Watch: Fox Sports 1
Matchup History: All-time series tied 10-10
Last Meeting: Butler def. Georgetown 56-53 on 1/29/22
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +3.5
Prediction: Georgetown 69, Butler 73
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 73-93 record at Georgetown)
Record: 5-9 (0-3 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost @ DePaul 83-76 on 12/29
Player to Watch: Brandon Murray
The conference losing streak has been extended to 23 games. Today, Georgetown once again has a legitimate chance to end the streak as the Hoyas welcome in the Butler Bulldogs, who also are 0-3 in the Big East and are off to the worst start of anyone in the conference.
It was a frustrating night for the Hoyas against DePaul. Georgetown once again allowed more than 80 points for its fourth straight game while Umoja Gibson scored 31 points for the Blue Demons.
The Hoyas trailed most of the way but did have the lead with less than 10 minutes to go. For much of the game, Georgetown completely relied on Brandon Murray, who finished with 29 points and was 5-5 from three.
The offense from the rest of the team was far too inconsistent. Qudus Wahab had a nice game with 13 points and 16 rebounds and Primo Spears had 10 assists in the game. But beyond that, the Hoyas struggled to keep up with DePaul.
Following the UConn loss, Georgetown was seemingly in a ‘moral victory’ mood and they played like it against DePaul.
I’d argue there are no moral victories when you’ve lost more than 20 conference games in a row. I’d imagine that won’t be the mentality should the streak continue on New Year’s Day against Butler.
New Year, same Hoyas?
Head Coach: Thad Matta (1st season at Butler)
Record: 8-6 (0-3 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost vs. Providence 72-52 on 12/29
Player to Watch: Manny Bates
Butler is desperate.
The Bulldogs were 8-3 entering Big East play and have now dropped the opening three games in conference, all by at least 20 points.
To be fair, those games included a road trip to Creighton and hosting the conference’s best team, UConn. The most recent defeat yielded the most surprising result, a 20 point loss at home to Providence.
All of the sudden, Butler is in free fall and needs a ‘get right’ game in the worst way. Well, it doesn’t get any easier than playing a team that’s lost 23 straight conference games.
If Butler doesn’t win this one, there will start to be some serious questions being asked of the leadership of the program.
Manny Bates is my player to watch in this one for the Bulldogs. The 6’11” center is second on the team in points per game with 13.4 while adding 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He’ll be the key factor in the paint for Butler going up against Qudus Wahab and Akok Akok.
This game is once again a toss-up to me. On one hand you have a team that is off to the worst start of any team in the conference, but somehow they are favored on the road because they are playing a team that has lost 23 Big East games in a row.