Marquette Golden Eagles (9-3, 0-0) vs Georgetown Hoyas (8-4, 0-0 Big East)
Marquette Stat Leaders
Points: Luke Fischer, 13.5 ppg
Rebounds: Luke Fischer, 5.9 rpg
Assists: Haanif Cheatham, 3.2 apg
Marquette Injury Update: Katin Reinhardt has missed Marquette’s last two games with a leg injury. On his weekly radio show on Thursday, head coach Steve Wojciechowski let slip that it is an Achilles related injury, presumably a strain. Wojo said on Tuesday’s weekly conference call that Reinhardt has yet to finish a practice since returning from Christmas break, but that couldn’t have been more than three practices at the absolute most.
Georgetown Stat Leaders
Points: Rodney Pryor, 19.8 ppg
Rebounds: Bradley Hayes, 5.8 rpg
Assists: L.J. Peak, 3.6 apg
Current KenPom Rankings
KenPom Projections: KenPom gives Marquette a 69% (nice) chance of victory, with a predicted score of 85-79.
Tempo Free Fun: This game may come down to rebounds coming off of missed shots by Marquette. The Golden Eagles are a bad offensive rebounding team (#261 in the country) and the Hoyas are an even worse defensive rebounding team (#322). If Marquette can take advantage of Georgetown not ending possessions well, then that could turn the game in their favor. MU’s offensive rebounding woes are really the only serious weakness when you look at their Four Factor rankings on both sides of the ball, and that’s Georgetown’s biggest weakness as well.
Their second biggest weakness is an inability to hold on to the ball. Georgetown turns the ball over about as much as Marquette did a year ago, which, as you’ll remember, was bad. It’s bad for GU this year as well, and Marquette is a top 100 team in terms of ending possessions with a takeaway. If, say, Jajuan Johnson and Duane Wilson can get their hands on errant or lazy passes on a regular basis, that’s going to get MU’s offense humming right along.
Marquette Last 10 Games: 7-3, with wins in their last two games.
Georgetown Last 10 Games: 7-3, with wins in their last six games.
All Time Series: Georgetown leads, 11-10.
Current Streak: Marquette snapped a three game losing streak with a 88-87 win in last year’s meeting in the Bradley Center.
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