On Sunday afternoon, the Georgetown Hoyas will travel to Villanova to take on the 14th-ranked Wildcats. Georgetown comes in at 14-7 and they are in 3rd in the Big East. Villanova leads the Big East and comes in with a record of 17-4 after a rocky start.
Both Teams Coming Off Of Victories
Georgetown is coming off an 80-73 win over Xavier on Thursday. Georgetown trailed by 8 at the half but used a 52-point second half to take the win. James Akinjo led the Hoyas with 23 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Josh LeBlanc scored 17 points and shot 8 for 11 from the field. Jessie Govan chipped in 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds which was a team high. Mac McClung also scored double digits with 11 points and added 4 rebounds and 5 assists, which was a team high.
Villanova is coming off an 86-74 win at DePaul on Wednesday. Eric Paschall was the leading scorer in this one, tallying 20 points but shot just 6 of 18. Phil Booth added 19 points and shot 7 of 16 from the floor. Booth also had 8 assists to lead the team. Saddiq Bey had a great game, scoring 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Collin Gillespie hit 4 threes and scored 12 points. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree added 9 points and 9 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
Govan Leading Georgetown
Georgetown is led by big man Jessie Govan. Govan averages 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds which are both team highs. He is also shooting 45.9% from 3 and leads the team as a center. James Akinjo is scoring 13.9 a game and averages a team-high 5.3 assists per game. Mac McClung adds 13.8 points per game but is shooting a poor 29.1% from deep. Georgetown has been solid on offense, averaging 83.2 points a game on 45.9% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 78.1 a game. The Hoyas are 3-2 on the road this season.
Villanova is led by Phil Booth, who is averaging 18.7 points and is shooting 41.8% from 3. Booth also averages a team-high 4.1 assists per game. Eric Paschall is adding 17 points a game and averages 6.3 boards a game. Collin Gillespie shoots 40.2% from deep and scores 11.2 points a game. A bright spot off the bench is Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree who is averaging 5.6 points a game but leads the team on the glass with 6.6 boards a game. Villanova is scoring 76.8 points a game on 46% shooting and they are holding opponents to 67 points a game. The Wildcats are 8-2 at home on the year.
Villanova vs. Georgetown Prediction
Villanova comes in at -11.5. Villanova is one of the hottest teams in the country having won 9 straight games and have been beating teams easily. Georgetown has been in some close ballgames lately but have had trouble closing the door. I think the Wildcat defense will be able to shut down the solid Hoya offense. Georgetown doesn’t play much defense, so expect Booth and Paschall to dominate this game and lead the Wildcats to an easy victory. Take Villanova -11.5.