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Wildcats look to start a winning streak tonight in our Nation’s Capital | Villanova vs. Georgetown Preview

Written by on February 16, 2024

After a blowout win against Seton Hall on Sunday, Villanova prepares for battle against Georgetown in Washington, DC tonight at 7pm. The Wildcats have won two of their last three games for a 13-11 overall record and a 6-7 conference record. With a Red Storm loss, Villanova moved into 8th place in the Big East, but they are just half a game out of the 5th place spot. The Wildcats enter tonight’s Quad 3 game against Georgetown looking to end their struggles in Quad 3 matchups. Villanova is just 1-3 in Quad 3 matchups this season, but it will be their first Quad 3 game since playing UCLA in December. They are looking to hand Georgetown their 10th consecutive loss.

All-Time Series Info

Villanova has dominated the series recently against Georgetown and leads the all-time series, 49-45. Coach Neptune has won all three games against the Hoyas as head coach, including the opening round of last season’s Big East Tournament. Georgetown’s last victory against Villanova was on March 11, 2021: a 72-71 win for the Hoyas.

Georgetown Preview: Below Expectations

With a new experienced head coach in Ed Cooley and veteran transfers joining the program in the offseason, Georgetown had some high expectations in the beginning of the season to at least finish in the middle of the Big East standings. They have not lived up to the expectations set in the offseason. The Hoyas are just 8-16 overall and 1-12 in conference play. They are slightly better than last season, but honestly there has not been much improvement from last year’s 7-25 team. Their last win came on January 6th narrowly against DePaul at home, 68-65. The Hoyas lost their most recent game to #17 Creighton, 94-72, in Omaha on Tuesday. Georgetown’s defense is one of the worst in college basketball, especially in the Big East.

As a team, Georgetown averages 71.6 points per game. The Hoyas’ offense has been solid in the 2023-24 campaign. They convert 34% of their shots from behind the arc while shooting 41.6% from the field. The Hoyas also average 34.6 rebounds per game, which does give Villanova a slight rebounding advantage, but the rebounding battle should be close. The Hoyas allow about 12 turnovers per game on offense and their defense has been terrible. They have allowed at least 89 points in three of their last four games. Georgetown recently allowed 84 points to Providence and 90 points to Butler, which are both teams close to Villanova in the middle of the standings. The Hoyas shoot just 72% from the free throw line.

Georgetown’s Players to Watch:

G Jayden Epps (Sophomore, Norfolk, VA): 17.6 ppg, scored 17 pts against Creighton. Epps is a transfer from Illinois where he averaged 9.5 ppg in 31 games played last season. it’s his first full opportunity to start with Georgetown.

G Dontrez Styles (Junior, Kinston, NC): 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, scored at least 10 points in the last four games. Styles is a transfer from UNC. He averaged just 1.7 ppg in his first two years with the Tar Heels in just six minutes per game. He has a 36.7% success rate from behind the arc this season.

F Supreme Cook (Senior, East Orange, NJ): 11.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 62.3% FG%. Cook played his first three seasons with Fairfield, where he averaged 9.7 ppg. He has always been a good rebounder but struggles from the free throw line and three-point range. Most of his success is in the paint for layups.

My Thoughts

Villanova should easily defeat Georgetown tonight. The Wildcats’ defense held opponents to just a 34.6% success rate from the field and 53.3 points per game in February. Eric Dixon and Brendan Hausen are playing fantastic basketball with Dixon averaging 21 points in his last five games and Hausen averaging over 14 points in the month of February through three games. Hausen was named to the Philadelphia Big 5 Honor Roll on Monday. This game is more of a preparation game for Villanova heading into the game against Butler, but the Wildcats should not overlook this game too much. I would like to see them continue with impressive ball movement from last game against Seton Hall with 17 assists. It would also be great for Villanova to continue to succeed offensively and limit turnovers.

WXVU’s Coverage of Villanova vs. Georgetown

WXVU’s live coverage of Villanova vs. Georgetown from Capital One Arena in Washington, DC begins tonight at 6:30pm with the pregame show. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm.