Villanova vs Georgetown Preview and Prediction
Villanova vs Georgetown Preview
The Villanova Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 in the Big East) have regained the top spot in the AP Top 25 but that won’t allow them to look past their next test tonight when the take on an improving Georgetown squad (12-5, 2-4 Big East).
Jay Wright will be in search of his 403rd career win on the Main Line since taking over in 2001. The program’s leader for victories is Al Severance, who won 413 games from 1936-61.
Villanova has won six in a row against Georgetown and is 9-4 all-time against the Hoyas on the road. Georgetown’s last win in this series came on Jan. 19, 2015, a 78-58 victory.
In Georgetown’s last game, junior forward Marcus Derrickson had 18 points and 10 rebounds in its 74-61 loss to No. 13 Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. The Hoyas fell to 12-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big East.
“We have to do a better job of not turning the ball over,” Georgetown rookie head coach Patrick Ewing told the program’s athletic website. “We got off to a great start but then we started turning the ball over and let them back in the game.”
“We can’t turn it over that way,” Ewing told reporters. “We missed layups. We need to get easy baskets. Our offense needs to improve. As a team, we have to stop turning it over.”
The Hoyas shot 36 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers. They led briefly 31-30 with 5:31 remaining in the first half before the Pirates scored the final 14 points of the half and seized control.
In the last matchup…
In last year’s matchup in Washington, D.C., Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for 40 points in an 81-55 Villanova rout.
Donte DiVincenzo–the sophomore guard is coming off the bench and averaging 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. In Nova’s last game against St. John’s, DiVincenzo scored 25 points and knocked down 6-of-9 shots from three-point territory.
“The last thing I come in to look for is scoring,” DiVincenzo said. “The shots just went down tonight.”
Georgetown is a better team than we have seen the last few years, but it will take Patrick Ewing a couple of recruiting classes to be able to compete with the likes of a Villanova team who is No.1 in the country.
LINE: -13 Villanova
Villanova 81 Georgetown 65