We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Hoyas versus Creighton
“The Big East is no joke.”
Words from Georgetown freshman guard Paul White summarized a body of work that is becoming impossible to overlook. The first half of Big East conference play has proven that everyone can beat everyone, a lesson White and his fellow Hoyas learned the hard way on Tuesday night.
After a four-game win streak highlighted by a twenty-point drubbing of rival Villanova (18-2, 5-5 BIG EAST), Georgetown (14-6, 6-3 BIG EAST) was embarrassed Tuesday at the hands of Xavier (14-7, 5-4 BIG EAST), falling 66 to 53 in a one-sided affair at the Verizon Center.
“We didn’t control the things that we can control against Xavier,” said senior guard Jabril Trawick. “We still need to focus on the things that we did wrong and not let that carry over to the next game.”
That next game will be this Saturday on the road against the Creighton Bluejays (10-12, 1-8 BIG EAST), a team searching for their identity after a disappointing start to Big East conference play.
The Bluejays dropped their first eight conference games, including a 16-point loss to Georgetown on January 3rd, only getting off the schneid last Thursday night after a 77-74 victory over St. John’s (13-7, 2-5 BIG EAST).
For Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III, however, the Bluejays’ subpar record is not indicative of the team’s actual skill level.
“Looking at them, they never did not look confident,” said Thompson. “They’re one and whatever in the league, but if you look at…five or six of those games, have been two-point, three-point, four-point games, where they’ve been in it, they’ve been playing hard, and have just got some bad breaks at the end…They’re a good team.”
The key for the Hoyas will be limiting Creighton’s opportunities from behind the three-point arc. The Bluejays lean heavily on the three-ball, a tendency that has been a blessing and a curse this season. As a team, they have attempted the sixth-most three pointers amongst all Division I programs, but only connect on 34 percent of these tries. Make or miss, three-point defense will surely be a priority for the Hoyas this weekend.
“The have some guards who are as fast as any guards in our league, that do as good of a job getting out into transition, getting into the paint, and then spraying it around,” said Thompson. “They have very good shooters and they have very different sets to get those shooters shots.”
“They got a big win versus St. John’s,” said Trawick. “They got up a lot of threes, so we know that’s what they like to do. We gotta chase them off the three-point line…we got to be three on the ball and we gotta help each other.”
Internally, the focus for Georgetown this weekend will be less about Xs and Os, and more about recapturing the spark that was noticeably absent against Xavier.
“We’re coming into this game very prepared and very focused,” said freshman forward Paul White. “We’re looking to bounce back from the last loss and just still trying to maintain at the top of the Big East. We’re going into a very tough environment at Creighton.”
“I guess we just thought we could show up and win [against Xavier],” said senior guard Jabril Trawick. “I think we have enough fire under us from that last game to come and handle business at Creighton.”
Georgetown versus Creighton will tip-off at 2 p.m. Follow along with @GUVoiceSports on Twitter for updates, analysis, and insight.
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