[Plaintiffs are the #8 Xavier Musketeers, defendants are the Georgetown Hoyas. Plaintiffs bring the instant action claiming the defendants breached a covenant not-to-compete when they proclaimed to stand in the way of the plaintiffs in their quest for a high seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Defendants have submitted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim for which relief may be granted, contending that no such covenant not-to-compete can exist between members of the Big East athletic conference – the Big East is simply too competitive. Ruling: the Hoyas will compete.]
While the Musketeers are fresh off back-to-back impressive wins at Butler and home to Providence, the Hoyas have taken a step back from the mid-season boosts they enjoyed from upstart forward Jessie Govan and veteran guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
Smith-Rivera is averaging 16.2 points per game shooting 41% from the field and Govan is coming off a career-high 27 points on 10-13 shooting in the tough loss to Seton Hall.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hoyas will need to find a way to slow down the two-headed monster of guards Trevon Bluiett and Myles Davis. Bluiett is averaging a team-high 15.2 points per game and Davis recorded a triple-double in Wednesday’s statement win over conference rival Providence.
At 23-3, #8 Xavier is looking to protect a high seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, while at 14-13, a victory tomorrow could motivate the kind of run it would take for the Hoyas to win the Big East Tournament and secure a spot in the big dance. It would take strong efforts from Smith-Rivera and Govan, as well as contributions from L.J. Peak and Isaac Copeland to keep it close towards the back end of the second half, but anything can happen in a Big East conference matchup. I expect the Hoyas to come out and compete, but the Musketeers to squeak out the victory.
Hoyas 72, Musketeers 77
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