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.
Noon ET, CBS Sports NetworkABOUT 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
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