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Providence at Georgetown
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 24, 2018
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia

Not yet assured of finishing with a winning record, Georgetown will look to make that happen in Saturday's Big East game against visiting Providence. The Hoyas led after 20 minutes against No. 4 Xavier on Wednesday but couldn't sustain their bid for a third consecutive victory and now must face a Friars squad that has dealt them seven consecutive defeats, including one this season.

Jessie Govan continued his late-season resurgence with a second straight double-double, but the Hoyas surrendered 51 points in the second half against Xavier, equaling the most points they have allowed in any half this season. "We were right there in the first half," coach Patrick Ewing told the media. "Even though they went up big, we came back and fought." After going eight straight games without a double-double, Govan has registered 32 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks in the past two games for the Hoyas. Kyron Cartwright scored 25 points to go over 1,000 for his career, but the Friars suffered their second straight defeat and third in the last four games to Seton Hall in a game played over two days and on two different courts because of a wet surface at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

TV: Noon ET, CBS Sports Network

ABOUT PROVIDENCE (17-11, 8-7 Big East): Getting Rodney Bullock back to his pre-2018 form would be a big boost to the postseason hopes for the Friars, who are in a fight with four teams - Butler, Seton Hall, Creighton and Marquette - to secure a top four seed in the Big East tournament. Bullock hasn't produced a 20-point game since missing the Jan. 3 tilt with Marquette because of a stomach illness after recording six such performances in the season's first 15 contests. In the past five games, the senior from Virginia is averaging 8.8 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Friars, who are ranked anywhere from a No. 8 to a No. 11 seed by various NCAA Tournament prognosticators.

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (15-11, 5-10): Lack of consistent production from its top players continues to dog the Hoyas, who need a win to avoid a second straight 5-13 mark in the Big East. After coming up with some mammoth efforts in conference play, including five double-doubles, Marcus Derrickson pulled a disappearing act against Xavier by scoring nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. Jamorko Pickett continues to be a bright spot for the Hoyas as the freshman has averaged 15.1 points in the last eight games, including twice netting a career-high 21 points.

TIP-INS

1. The seven straight losses to Providence are the most to a current member of the Big East for Georgetown, which lost 11 straight games to former member Connecticut from 1997 to 2006.

2. Prior to dropping seven straight in the series, Georgetown had won eight straight and nine of 10 against Providence and holds a commanding 23-7 edge at home.

3. The Hoyas close the regular season by playing Marquette at home and on the road against No. 3 Villanova, which has won six straight in the series.

PREDICTION: Providence 77, Georgetown 71
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Providence 17-11 L2 12-4 3-6 2-1 5-5 12-6 8-7
Georgetown 15-11 L1 11-6 4-5 0-0 6-4 9-7 5-10
Last Meeting
Providence Georgetown
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/6/18 GTWN 69 PROV 73 73 33 40.0 69 37 42.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Providence J. Lindsey 17 44.4 5
Georgetown J. Govan 27 61.1 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Providence A. Diallo 12 3 9
Georgetown M. Derrickson 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Providence K. Cartwright 9
Georgetown J. Pickett 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Providence R. Bullock 385 43.7 93
Georgetown J. Govan 433 50.5 94
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Providence A. Diallo 164 57 107
Georgetown J. Govan 262 68 194
Assists Player  
Providence K. Cartwright 157
Georgetown J. Mulmore 93
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Providence Off vs  red bar Georgetown Defense
blue bar 74.4 Points For
red bar 74.8 Points Against
blue bar 44.5 FG%
red bar 42.8 FG%
blue bar 32.6 Reb
red bar 31.0 Reb
red bar Georgetown Off vs  blue bar Providence Defense
red bar 78.7 Points For
blue bar 73.0 Points Against
red bar 45.9 FG%
blue bar 44.7 FG%
red bar 36.3 Reb
blue bar 33.0 Reb