Butler takes on Georgetown on the road in their first game coming off of a big time home win against defending champion #1 Villanova.
Georgetown is 8-7 on the season. So far they are 0-2 in conference play, with losses at home against Xavier and at Providence college. The Hoyas lost to Providence by six, the same providence team that Butler beat on New Year’s day by 27.
Georgetown has three players that average over ten points per game.
The Hoyas are lead in scoring by Senior guard Rodney Prior, with 19.8 points per game. He is their primary threepoint threat and also a great rebounder. He carries the team in most games and has played well against ranked opponents, with a double-double (26 points and 10 rebounds) against #13 Oregon and 20 points against #17 Xavier on New Year’s Eve.
Junior guard L.J. Peak is their second highest scorer with 15.6 points per game. Peak also leads the team in steals and assists. He has also played well against good teams in the past: scoring 21 points against #17 Xavier, 17 against #13 Oregon and 18 against #16 Wisconsin.
Jessie Govan is the Hoya’s best big man, and plays center at 6’10”. He averages 10 points per game and leads the team in shooting percentage, rebounds and blocks. He, however, has played terribly against good teams, combining for just 15 points in Georgetown’s three games against ranked opponents this season.
Georgetown lost to Xavier by just five, and Oregon by just four, but lost to Wisconsin by 16. While the Hoyas have played well against ranked opponents, I don’t see the game being that close.
Players to Watch-
Kethan Savage has been an offensive asset in the last couple of games for the Bulldogs, registering double digit points multiple times. Look for the veteran guard to be a big part of Butler’s offense yet again.
Tyler Lewis is one of the best passers in the Big East and should thrive against the Hoyas. He might even surprise fans with a high scoring game as he has only a handful of times this season.
L.J. Peak and Rodney Prior have been Georgetown’s biggest performer against ranked teams, and should be able to score efficiently against Butler’s less than stellar guard defense. Look for the experienced guards to carry the Hoyas.
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