The Golden Eagles take flight to the nation's capital to continue Big East competition against the No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas. Marquette looks to snap Georgetown's ten-game winning streak, the longest since their 2006-2007 Final Four run.
Georgetown's emergence as a top ten team has surprised many. The Hoyas, unranked in pre-season polls, were picked to finish 10th in the Big East according to the Preseason Coaches' Poll. John Thompson III's squad has already racked up three wins over top 15 teams- No. 8 Memphis on November 23, No. 12 Alabama on December 1, and No. 4 Louisville on December 28. Their only loss came against No. 14 Kansas in the Maui Invitational in November.
Sophomore guard Markel Starks has been running the point for the Hoyas following the graduation of Chris Wright. Starks scored a career-high 20 points against Louisville last Wednesday, and is averaging over 10 points per game.
Shooting guard Jason Clark is the biggest scoring threat for Georgetown, averaging over 15 points while pulling down four rebounds per game. The senior also has active hands defensively, averaging 1.8 steals per game.
Reserve guard Jabril Trawick has made a name for himself in his freshman season with the Hoyas. He is known for physical defense, which will be pivotal as Georgetown tries to slow down MU's high-octane offense.
Junior forward Hollis Thompson is enjoying a breakout season for the Hoyas. The 6'8" forward is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Thompson is a knockdown shooter from the perimeter, but also has the ability to take the ball inside off the dribble.
Sophomore forward Nate Lubick gives Georgetown a physical presence down low at 6'8", 240 pounds. Lubick doesn't necessarily light up the box score, but is an integral part of the Hoyas game plan underneath.
"Nate is a helper," Thompson III told The Washington Times after a victory over IUPUI in November. "We need him as a helper, but we need him on the boards like he was the other day. We need his presence defensively. And we need his communication level, because he has a good understanding of what's going on during the course of the game. Those are things that don't show up on the stat sheet."
Freshman Otto Porter is first off the bench for the Hoyas, and is averaging 8.5 points and seven rebounds per game. The 6'8" forward has been extremely versatile, earning 27.7 minutes per game and the praise of head coach John Thompson III.
"Otto is a terrific basketball player," Thompson III told The Washington Times. "He understands, as much as anyone that I've coached, that every part of the game is important. You look at the stat sheet at the end of the game, and he's done some of everything."
Center Henry Sims has also proven valuable for Georgetown. The 6-foot-10 senior has shown the ability to distribute the basketball from the paint, something that is necessary in their Princeton-style offense. He leads the Hoyas with 3.7 assists, while also contributing 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Wednesday's game will mark the 12th meeting between the schools. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series 6-5, having won the last two contests. Tip-off is set for 6 PM CST.
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