Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Georgetown Hoyas
Tip-off: Monday, February 11, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
The Marquette Golden Eagles upset of the Georgetown Hoyas in their first meeting of the college basketball season has assisted Marquette to a first-place tie in the tightly packed Big East. YouWager experts consider the next game will probably be just as important in determining who ends up with the conference title.
The No. 24 Marquette team will look for their third straight victory over the 20th-ranked Georgetown as they try to move back into sole possession of first tonight, while host Hoyas may need a win to remain in the thick of the race.
The Golden Eagles (17-5, 8-2) held off the then-No. 15 Georgetown 49-48 on Jan. 5, snapping the Hoyas’ seven-game winning streak. Marquette share the top spot in the conference with No. 9 Syracuse Orange, a team that defeated St. John’s on Sunday, and are one game up on Georgetown.
The Golden Eagles warmed up for tonight’s meeting by beating DePaul 89-78 on Saturday, their last easier game before a brutal closing eight-game stretch that includes meetings with the Orange, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and St. John’s in addition to the Hoyas — all of which are after winning the league.
Even so, Coach Buzz Williams’ players almost never seem intimidated by the rough final stretch.
The Hoyas certainly want to play the Golden Eagles again after the defeat earlier this year. Once again, Georgetown (17-4, 7-3) brings a winning streak into the meeting, having taken five in a row after a 69-63 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights over the weekend.
Markel Starks led Georgetown with 20 points and Otto Porter had 15 of his 19 in the second half, including 10 straight over the final 5:42, and finished with 14 rebounds.
Even when Georgetown has dropped the last two in the series, the team has also taken two straight matchups with Marquette at home.
As online sports wagering fans know, Starks has reached double figures in points in a career-high four consecutive games, and he scored 14 of his game-high 18 in the second half to go along with seven assists in the first contest versus the Golden Eagles.
Guard Vander Blue, averaging 19.5 points and 55.4 percent shooting over his past four games, has scored 6.8 and shot 36.8 percent in four career basketball games with Georgetown.