Game 31 - Georgetown (7-23) @ Creighton (18-11)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: March 1, 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
How to Watch: FS1
Matchup History: Creighton leads all-time series 13-9
Last Meeting: Creighton def. Georgetown 63-53 on 2/1/23
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +18
Prediction: Georgetown 68, Creighton 83
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 75-107 record at Georgetown)
Record: 7-23 (2-17, 11th in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost vs. #20 Providence 88-68 on 2/26
Player to Watch: Brandon Murray
We’ve finally reached the final regular season game of Georgetown’s season.
The Hoyas are 7-23 overall and 2-17 in the Big East, winning just 2 of the last 39 conference games played.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that Patrick Ewing’s tenure at the Georgetown head coach is coming to an end, but conventional wisdom has not been put into action up to this point, so I’m in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” camp.
Georgetown’s senior day, a 20 point loss to Providence on Sunday, was a sad affair. The Hoyas often looked despondent and lacked any kind of tangible energy on the floor. Can you blame them?
Georgetown is 13-52 over the past two seasons. They are historically bad and Ewing’s best seasons as head coach are well behind him.
A test on the road at Creighton on its senior day almost seems cruel at this point. The Jays need a win in the worst way and have the perfect opponent in town to ‘get right.’
Close your eyes Hoyas, this season will be over soon.
Head Coach: Greg McDermott (13th season, 293-145 record at Creighton)
Record: 18-11 (12-6, 4th in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost @ Villanova 79-67
Player to Watch: Ryan Kalkbrenner
Creighton is coming off what was undoubtedly its most disappointing week of the season.
Just eight days ago, the Jays hosted Marquette in what was a pivotal game in deciding who might win the Big East regular season title. The Golden Eagles escaped Omaha with a 73-71 win and are the only team to accomplish that all season.
That’s probably why Marquette is the Big East champion for the first time ever.
Just four days after the disappointing loss, Creighton put in a lackluster performance on the road against the surging Villanova Wildcats. The Jays lost 79-67 and it was not that close, shooting below 40% from the field and an abysmal 19% (5/26) from three.
In December, CU lost six games in a row before winning 11 of its next 13. Since then, the Jays have lost 3 of 4.
To close out the regular season, Creighton hosts last-place Georgetown and travels to tenth-placed DePaul. There are no better opponents to face when you need to ‘get right’ and turn things around before postseason play begins.
The Jays are the kind of team that could easily make it to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but could also fall in the opening round and nobody would be surprised by either result.
This inconsistent Creighton team that was supposed to be the best in school history, despite the tumultuous season, still has everything in front of them.
Win in New York and the season is immediately dubbed a success. Make it to the Elite 8 and it’s officially the best Creighton team in history.
Before any of that, we have to see the Jays at their best again. No time like the present…especially when there will soon be no tomorrow.