The Hoyas fell to the Golden Eagles on Jan. 5, 49-48, in a game that ended with the Hoyas Greg Whittington making the first two free throws but then he missed the third, after Marquette called a timeout to freeze him, giving Marquette the win.
More importantly, The Golden Eagles held Georgetown 18 points below their season average of 66 points a game at the time. The Hoyas now average 64.4 points per game. Not much of a difference.
Georgetown has been known to struggle offensively throughout the season, a definite concern of Head Coach John Thompson III. They have infamously scored 37, 47 and 48 points in games this season. Amazingly enough they won two of those games.
In addition, in their first matchup, Marquette also held a 35-26 rebounding advantage in the game.
For the Hoyas to get their revenge and pull in a second place tie with Marquette they will need to score the ball more efficiently and keep the game in the mid-60’s.
If the Hoyas can keep the game at that pace and keep Marquette off the offensive glass they will win. If it is a grinder game, the advantage most likely goes to the Golden Eagles.
Georgetown has a legitimate chance to win the Big East if they can pull this game out against the Golden Eagles because they also still have to play the Syracuse Orangemen twice who are tied atop the Big East with Marquette.
Both own an 8-2 Big East record. Tonight will be a great indication as to how good the Hoyas are. They are at home and they are playing for a chance at a Big East title.
What better way to win that then against Syracuse…but in order to get to that point in the season they need to win tonight against Marquette.
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