Friday, March 8, 2019

Green’s five things to watch for in Saturday’s game between Georgetown and No. 16 Marquette

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

A wild Saturday afternoon is on the horizon as all 10 seeds in the Big East tournament will be up for grabs as every team is in action. College Sports Overload will focus on Georgetown at No. 16 Marquette as both teams look to return to form after losses on March 6. Here are my five things to watch for in Saturday’s game from Fiserv Forum.

1) Slippery slope for the Golden Eagles:

Despite making strides on both sides of the ball this season, the one department that has proven to be Marquette’s weakness is turnovers with 58 over the last three games. The mistakes have played a pivotal role in the current three-game slide, but can steer the ship with a win that could give them a share of the Big East regular season title with Villanova.

Markus Howard’s last three games have been some of the worst basketball played this season with 18 turnovers total. On top of the turnovers, Howard shot 2-of-11 from the field and finished with six points at Seton Hall.

Despite the struggles, the Big East’s leading scorer at 24.9 points per game has plenty to be motivated about in Saturday’s game given he only played three minutes in the first meeting on Jan. 15 at Georgetown and left with a back injury.

2) Marquette’s role players:

If the Golden Eagles want to get back on track, Sam Hauser must play a key role in being the second scoring option. Hauser had a breakout performance with 31 points in the first meeting against the Hoyas and has averaged 15.1 PPG this season as the school’s second-leading scorer.

Sam, along with brother Joey Hauser and Sacar Anim have stepped up in various games this season whenever Howard struggled on the floor. The extra presence on offense has played a key part in the Golden Eagles’ resurgence back into the national radar.

3) No margin for error for the Hoyas:

For the first time in four seasons, Georgetown was on some Bracketologists’ bubble watches in the last couple of weeks. A brutal 101-69 setback at DePaul on March 6 all but ensured it would have to make major waves in the Big East tournament in order to regain any consideration for making the field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament.

A win at Marquette would be a good first step in regaining confidence for a Georgetown unit that lost the first matchup in the series, 74-71.

4) Containing Govan:

After back-to-back outings of 20-plus points, Jessie Govan came back down to reality with six points at DePaul and will be counted on to provide a punch on offense if Georgetown stands to have a shot on the road.

Govan’s points will not come easy as the Big East’s leading shot blocker Theo John’s presence will loom large in the paint and Ed Morrow’s scrappy play off the bench are going to be tall tasks for the senior.

5) Marquette seniors being honored:

Senior day festivities will take place pregame on Saturday as Matt Heldt, Joseph Chartouny and Cam Marotta are the honorees.

A major part of the rotation over the previous two seasons, Heldt took a reduced role off the bench this season as a result of Marquette's improved depth. 

Chartouny joined the Golden Eagles as a transfer this season after graduating from Fordham, while Marotta walked-on four seasons ago and has played in 26 games.