Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The Hoyas are on the road this weekend that will start against Conference rivals Butler. Georgetown is coming off from a 71-51 win over Creighton on Wednesday at home. On the other side, the Butler Bulldogs are on the winning streak currently with four in a row, most recently at Seton Hall, 61-54. Game tip-off is scheduled for Saturday, 8:00 PM ET.
The Hoyas are looking for redemption after the first meeting with Butler went the wrong way
The Georgetown Hoyas (11-10, 2-6) lost their first meeting this year to the Bulldogs at home and are looking to get back on the track. Good performance and a victory against Creighton two days ago raise some hope. Guard L.J Peak led the team with 20 points, including the 1000th point of his career as he became 46th player in school history to join the 1000 point club. Another interesting fact is that he also became the 12th player to do so under Head Coach John Thompson III. He shot 8-of-15 from the floor with three rebounds and five assists. Rodney Pryor and Jessie Govan had a fine night as they added 18 and 15 points. Pryor also led the team in passing with career-high six assists and Govan added six rebounds.
The Hoyas are scoring 76.2 points per game on a 45.7% shooting from the field and 36.9% shooting from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Hoyas are allowing 72.1 points to their opponents and 41.2% shooting from the field.
Pryor leads the team this season with 18.0 points (third in the Big East) and 4.9 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in three-point field goals made (52), and is third in the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.5). Peak is just behind him with 16.o points (12th in Big east), 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists (9th in Big East) per game. Forwards Marcus Derrickson (9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Jessie Govan (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) are making an impact too. This will be the 10th all-time meeting between these two schools with Georgetown holding a 5-4 edge.
The Butler Bulldogs are off to their best start since joining the Big East
Butler’s best league record through first nine games was 6-3 from two years ago. This year they are (18-3, 7-2) and are currently riding a four game winning streak, with the last victory coming against the Seton Hall Pirates. Andrew Charabascz led the team against Seton Hall with 16 points. Two Bulldogs posted double-double performances as Kethan Savage had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Kelan Martin scored 10 points and 11 rebounds. Butler allowed only 19 points to Seton Hall in first half, lowest to the opponent since 2014.
The Bulldogs are averaging 76.6 points per game (81st) while shooting 47% from the field and 37% from the three point line. Defensively, they give up 66.4 points to their opponents (46th).
Offensively there might be some concerns, considering that in the last two games they have posted two consecutive season-low shooting nights (35.2 at Seton Hall, 35.9 at DePaul) but still emerged victorious. That should be improved in coming games if they hope to stay at the top of the Big East. Big help in conference games is coming from Kethan Savage as he averages 12.7 points, opposing to 2.3 points during non-conference part of the schedule. He leads the Butler’s bench as they’ve outscored the opponents 248-103 in this segment, averaging 16.1 points per game more than their Big East opponents. Another reason for optimism comes from the fact that their turnover margin is +4.0 (first in Big East and 13th in NCAA). They commit only 9.8 turnovers per game (third in NCAA).
Georgetown Hoyas at Butler Bulldogs Game Trends & Prediction
Georgetown is 6-13-0 ATS total, 4-9-0 home and 2-4-0 away. They are 9-10-0 against the Over/Under total, 5-8-0 at home and 4-2-0 away.
On the other side, Butler is 8-9-2 total against the Over/Under, 4-4-2 home and 4-5-0 away. They are 13-6-0 total ATS, 8-2-0 home and 5-4-0 away.
The over/under ratio in the last 5 meetings is 2-3.
Butler won the last three games between these two and it probably won't be a different story this time. They are the better team at the moment and they'll have the advantage in this matchup.
My Pick: Butler Bulldogs
Total: Over 142.5 points
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