Time: 2 p.m.
TV: Big East Network/MASN/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3 (Mike Gleason play-by-play, Mike Kelley color)
Location: Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Georgetown 9 (No. 3 Big East)
Marquette 7 (No. 2 Big East)
Line: Marquette -4½ (O/U 129)
Georgetown Players to Watch: G Jason Clark, 6-2 Sr. (14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 spg); C Henry Sims, 6-10 Sr. (11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg); F Otto Porter, 6-8 Fr. (8.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 49.2% FG). On Senior Night, Clark and Sims combined for 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a 59-41 win over No. 20 Notre Dame. Clark had 13 points and six rebounds, while Sims finished with 12 points, six boards and five assists.
Marquette Players to Watch: G Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2 Sr. (18.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg); F Jae Crowder, 6-6 Sr. (17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 51.6% FG); G Junior Cadougan, 6-1 Jr. (6.5 ppg, 5.5 apg, 1.1 spg). Johnson-Odom and Crowder – the 2-time reigning Big East Player of the Week and current collegehoops.net national Player of Week – will play their final game at the Bradley Center Saturday. The two have combined for 2,514 points, 784 rebounds, 369 assists and 310 3-pointers as Golden Eagles.
Storylines: The Hoyas, who have won four of their last five, can secure a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament. Marquette, which saw its 5-game winning streak end on Wednesday at the hands of Cincinnati, 72-61, can secure the No. 2 seed – and avoid No. 2 Syracuse until the championship game – with a victory.
Keys: Clark scored 26 points and Hollis Thompson hit a 3 with 24 seconds left as Georgetown beat the Eagles 73-70 on Jan. 4. The Hoyas, who shot 62.8 percent from the field and held Marquette to 44.2 percent, trailed 43-29 at the break. Marquette ranks second in the Big East (to Syracuse) in scoring at 75.9 per game, while the Hoyas are second (to South Florida) in scoring defense at 58.1. Georgetown has held two straight opponents under 40 percent from the field, including Notre Dame, which only managed to shoot 33.3. The Hoyas shot 52.3 percent in the victory. The Hoyas are second in the Big East in field goal percentage (46.4) and field goal defense (38.5). Marquette is third in field goal percentage at 45.9. The Eagles are second in the Big East in turnover margin at plus-3.77, having turned it over 386 times and forced 499 errors. Marquette is 14-1 at home this season with the lone loss coming on Dec. 29 to Vanderbilt, 74-57. The Eagles are 8-0 at the Bradley Center in Big East play. The Hoyas are 6-4 in true road games and 7-4 away from home.
The Bottom Line: Georgetown may win this one straight up, but expect the Hoyas to at least cover.
The Pick: Marquette 68, Georgetown 66