Tonight will be the 26th meeting in the all-time series. The Hoyas hold a 19-6 advantage in the rivalry and have won all encounters since the Blue Demons entered the conference.
Georgetown snapped a two-game losing slide its last time out with a 69-49 victory over St. John's. The Hoyas played very well defensively, as the Red Storm managed to make just 31.5 percent of their field goals and went 0-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Blue and Gray have been very good at stopping opponents this year and have allowed just 57.5 ppg in their last 10 outings. Prior to their recently ended losing streak, the Hoyas had won 11-straight, which including victories over three-conference foes and four ranked programs. Head coach John Thompson III has led his team to a 14-3 overall record and a 4-2 Big East record to this point.
Jason Clark is the go-to-guy for Georgetown so far. The senior guard leads the team in scoring, and seems to enjoy traveling as he carries an average of 17.6 ppg on 51.2 percent field goal shooting in games outside of Washington D.C. Hollis Thompson has been on a roll lately for the Hoyas. The junior forward has averaged 17.5 ppg in his last four games, which has brought his season total of double-digit outings to 15. Despite being the tallest player on the roster, Henry Sims is Georgetown's top assist man with 3.7 apg. Sims is the only player in the Big East in the top 15 in both assists and blocks.
DePaul will look to bounce back, as it returns home tonight after losing the last two games and four of the last five overall. The slumping Blue Demons set new season-lows for points scored and field goal percentage (34.3) in their 76-59 loss to Louisville on Saturday. DePaul cannot afford to struggle on the defensive end, as it has the worst scoring defense in the Big East allowing 74.6 ppg. Head coach Oliver Purnell's team will look to improve upon its 10-7 overall record and its 1-4 league record.
Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young combine to make one of the top scoring duos in the Big East. Each have scored at least 20 points on five different occasions and they combined to average 35.7 ppg heading into the Louisville game. Against the Cardinals, Young scored 14 and Melvin finished with just eight points. The team's third leading scorer, Jeremiah Kelly, has been in a funk as of late. Kelly has made just 8-of-26 attempts from the field in his last three outings combined.