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Georgetown visits Butler seeking first Big East win

Field Level Media
29 Jan 2022, 03:19 GMT+10

It's rare that bulletin board material comes from a hometown newspaper -- especially in college sports.

But early this week, Butler got a dose from the Indianapolis Star in an article questioning the school's move to the Big East Conference. Two days earlier, Georgetown was skewered by The Washington Post in a season that has "bottomed out," according to the headline.

Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, when Butler (10-10, 3-6) plays host to Georgetown (6-11, 0-6), the matchup features programs and coaches under scrutiny.

Butler reacted well to the recent slings and arrows, rallying its forces in a 72-55 upset of Creighton on Wednesday. Georgetown, however, had no such response, providing little resistance in a 96-73 loss Tuesday at No. 20 UConn.

It was the seventh straight loss for the Hoyas.

There's no mystery about what ails Georgetown. With an adjusted defense rank of No. 284 on, there's only one major conference school, No. 293 Georgia, that plays worse defense.

In the UConn loss, it took the form of failing to get back in transition as the Huskies got 27 fastbreak points to six for the Hoyas.

"Hey look, there's no cavalry coming over the hill," Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said afterward. "This is our team. Banged up or whatever. COVID or whatever. This is our team. We have to go out there and we have to compete."

While there's no cavalry on the way, there is a new player in the fold as the Hoyas announced Howard transfer Wayne Bristol Jr. has been added to the roster.

Entering this week, Butler was in similar straits as Georgetown. The Bulldogs had lost six of their previous seven with the lone win coming over the Hoyas. The most jarring defeat came on Jan. 16 at then-No. 14 Villanova, an 82-42 annihilation that marked the most lopsided loss for Butler since 1994.

But the Bulldogs followed their worst stretch of the year with their best win as they harassed Creighton into a 2-of-22 performance from beyond the arc. Bo Hodges scored 18 points, his high in two seasons at Butler.

"We haven't gotten the results we wanted over the last few games, but the guys have stayed the course," coach LaVall Jordan said. "They have a good growth mindset right now."

Butler beat Georgetown 72-58 on Jan. 13 as Jair Bolden scored 23 points.

--Field Level Media

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