GAME NOTES: The Georgetown Hoyas will try to get back on track tonight when they step into the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles in Big East Conference play.
Georgetown has been a streaky team throughout the season and enters this contest hoping to build on last Saturday's 74-52 triumph over Xavier, which snapped a two-game slide. The Hoyas boast three different win streaks this season of three games or more, although they also suffered through a five-game losing streak last month. They'll wrap up the regular season next week against a pair of top-10 teams in Creighton and Villanova.
Marquette entered the week tied with Xavier for third place in the Big East standings, behind Creighton and Villanova. The Golden Eagles have won four of their last five outings, and that includes Saturday's 96-94 overtime win at DePaul. Their remaining regular-season games will be against Villanova, Providence and St. John's.
The all-time series between these two teams is tied at 8-8 after Marquette claimed an 80-72 road victory in overtime on Jan. 20.
Markel Starks led all scorers with 22 points in Georgetown's dominating win over Xavier. Coach John Thompson III inserted Jabril Trawick into the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 8, and the junior guard responded with 13 points and four assists. The Hoyas were sharp from start to finish, as they shot a healthy 52.1 percent from the floor as a team and committed a season- low three turnovers. That collective effort helped make up for a lackluster showing from leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who shot just 1-of-8 from the floor and finished with nine points in 30 minutes. Smith-Rivera, a 40.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc (51-of-127) on the season, is averaging 16.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Starks (16.7 ppg) is the only other player averaging double figures for GU after last month's news that Joshua Smith (11.5 ppg) was ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
For Marquette, Davante Gardner leads the way with 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. A 52.3 percent shooter from the floor, Gardner has primarily come off the bench. Jamil Wilson is next in line with 12.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg, followed by Todd Mayo with 10.2 ppg. The Golden Eagles are +3.1 in rebounding margin and are committing only 11.8 turnovers per game, but they have allowed opponents to shoot an efficient 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. Against DePaul over the weekend, Gardner scored seven of his team-high 22 points in overtime to help the Hoyas squeeze out the two-point win. He scored on a traditional 3-point play to give the Golden Eagles a 91-89 lead with 1:44 remaining. Fellow reserve Mayo added 19 points, Wilson tallied 18 points and nine boards, and Chris Otule finished with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
These teams bring identical overall records into this game, although Marquette has been playing at a higher level of late and already beat Georgetown on the road earlier this season.
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