Georgetown visits Allstate Arena on Wednesday for DePaul’s Big East opener. The Blue Demons have not won a regular season meeting against Georgetown since joining the Big East in 2005, although they defeated the Hoyas in the 2014 Big East Tournament.
What you should know about Georgetown (7-5, No. 74 KenPom):
Nobody will argue this year’s Georgetown team lacks the talent to be a NCAA Tournament selection. The Hoyas have size, athleticism, outside shooting and one of the Big East’s top players in senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. The one knock on the Hoyas is they lack a true point guard.
However, Georgetown is 7-5 and has plummeted in the KenPom rankings during the last two weeks. Early on, the struggles were more explainable. The Hoyas lost in double overtime to Radford in the season opener, when plenty of upsets happen. They then lost at Maryland, at Duke and at home to a very dangerous Monmouth team.
However, in their last two games, the Hoyas lost to UNC Asheville and then barely beat Charlotte, making this matchup with DePaul effectively a toss-up.
Georgetown has a light start to conference play with two games against DePaul, and one each against Marquette, Creighton and St. John’s. The Hoyas have a little bit of time before they really need to figure out how to put things together, but they can’t afford more than one loss in this five-game stretch either.
What you should know about DePaul (6-6, No. 151 KenPom):
After terrible performances against Little Rock and Stanford, DePaul looked respectable in an overtime loss to Northwestern. Then the Blue Demons came out last Tuesday and smothered No. 20 George Washington.
DePaul defended much better in the last two games and the offense came alive against George Washington. Free throw shooting gave the Blue Demons a big lift in those games, and it could be a big factor against the Hoyas as well.
Georgetown puts opponents on the foul line very often, and DePaul loves to get to the foul line with players like point guard Billy Garrett Jr., forward Myke Henry and center Tommy Hamilton IV. Hoyas opponents are getting more than a quarter of their total points at the charity stripe, and DePaul may need to reach that mark to open Big East play with a win.
How to watch, listen, stream and bet:
Start time: 8 p.m. CT
TV: Fox Sports 1
App/Online: Fox Sports Go
Radio: WSCR 670 AM
Line: Georgetown -3.5
Sagarin: DePaul -0.5
KenPom: Georgetown 73, DePaul 72 (53%)