Big East foes will collide when the Georgetown Hoyas (15-13, 5-10 Big East) clash with the Xavier Musketeers (18-10, 7-8 Big East) at Capital One Arena. Action starts at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
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In the Musketeers’ last outing, they were victorious over the DePaul Blue Demons, 78-67. Naji Marshall was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Xavier played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.179 (below their season average of 0.203) and a turnover percentage of 18.3 (worse than their season average of 16.7). DePaul had marks of 0.049 and 25.7, respectively, for those same stats.
The Hoyas are hoping for a better outcome after their 93-72 loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles in their last outing. Jagan Mosely led Georgetown in scoring with 19 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Marquette made 14 of their 31 three pointers (45.2 percent). Georgetown, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.7 vs. 16.4).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Musketeers won 66-57. The Musketeers played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 34.0 and a turnover percentage of 12.0. For those same stats, the Hoyas were 17.9 and 14.7, respectively. Tyrique Jones recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Xavier figures to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Musketeers currently rank 29th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.455), while Georgetown is 222nd in effective field goal percentage (0.491).
Xavier vs. Georgetown Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Xavier, ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Over
The Hoyas rank 53rd in blocks per game (4.1) while the Musketeers rank 133rd in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
Xavier averages 5.9 steals per game, which ranks 169th in the country. Georgetown ranks 208th in steals allowed per game (7.5).
Xavier ranks 49th in assists per game (14.7) while Georgetown ranks 260th in assists allowed per game (15.4).
The Hoyas average 38.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 49th in the nation. The Musketeers rank 169th in rebounds allowed per game (35.6).
Xavier ranks 161st in three pointers allowed per game (21.8) while Georgetown ranks 274th (25.3).
The Hoyas have been outscored by an average of 5.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Georgetown has defeated opponents by an average of 2.0 points.
During their last five games, the Musketeers have scored an average of 67.0 points per game (3.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (1.2 below their season average).