March 3, 2017
The game will be shown live on FOX, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Jim Jackson serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to the radio call of Rich Chvotkin on 106.7 FM The Fan.
Prior to tipoff, the men's basketball program will honor four members of the team -- senior manager John Recchia, as well as three players graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris), senior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) and senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood).
The Hoyas are coming off a tough 62-59 loss at Seton Hall on Tuesday night in New Jersey. It was Georgetown's fourth-straight loss as the team dropped to 14-16 overall and 5-12 in league play. Eight different players scored for the Hoyas, who received 29 points from the bench. Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 15 points and had four rebounds, while Pryor added 11 points and two steals. Sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added nine points and four rebounds off the bench, while Cameron added eight points and four rebounds. Freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) added two points, six rebounds and four assists and Hayes had eight points and two rebounds.
The game on Tuesday will be the 78th meeting all-time between the programs, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 44-35. The Wildcats have won the last four meetings and seven of the last nine overall. Georgetown swept the season series in 2014-15, beating the Wildcats, 86-67, at Wachovia Center. Georgetown has a 21-14 all-time record at home against Villanova and Head Coach John Thompson III is 4-4 against the Wildcats at Verizon Center.
In the first meeting between Georgetown and Villanova this season, Georgetown rallied from a 17-point second half deficit and pulled to within two points in the late stages but could not get any closer in a 75-64 loss. Peak scored 21 points and handed out six assists, while Pryor had 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Pryor, who has scored in double figures 28 times this season, including 14 games with at least 20 points, leads Georgetown in scoring, and ranks third in the BIG EAST, with 18.0 points per game. He is tied for the team lead with 4.9 rebounds and ranks 19th in the conference in that category. Pryor has hit a team-high 78 3-point field goals, which ranks tied for third in the BIG EAST. He also ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.8 percent of his shots.
Overall this season, Peak is second on the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game, leads the team with 3.5 assists and is fifth with 4.0 rebounds. Peak ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in scoring (T8th, 16.5), assists (5th, 3.5), field goal percentage (14th, 47.7%) free throw percentage (8th, 80.9%), assist/turnover ratio (12th, 1.3), steals (T15th, 1.1) and minutes played (2nd, 33.8 mpg). He has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 14 games, averaging 17.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in that span.
Sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy), who has scored in double figures 16 times this season, is third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points and is tied for the team lead with 4.9 rebounds, which ranks 21st in the league. He has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games, averaging 14.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 53.0 percent from the floor.
Derrickson is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.3 points and fifth with 4.1 rebounds per game. Junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) is averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Junior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian/Allegany CC [Md.]), who has started the last 10 games, is averaging 3.5 points and 1.9 assists, while Mosely is averaging 4.4 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds.
Villanova enters Saturday's game with a 27-3 overall record and a 14-3 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in the country by the Associated Press and No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches' poll, have won eight of their last nine games. Senior guard Josh Hart leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Jalen Brunson is second on the team with 14.7 points and leads the team with 4.3 assists per game, while senior forward Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.2 points and 4.3 rebounds and sophomore forward Mikal Bridges is fourth on the team with 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. The Wildcats are third in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (77.4 ppg) and lead the league in scoring defense (63.3 ppg).