WASH DC – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The only BIG EAST game scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be played in Washington, D.C. where Georgetown hosts Creighton at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1.
The visiting Bluejays, 10-8 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST, lead the league in scoring at 83.5 points per game. They also are first in field goal percentage (.507) and 3-point shooting (.430). The Hoyas, 12-6 overall, 2-3 in the league, counter with center Jessie Govan, who is fourth in the league in scoring with a 19.7 average. Freshman guards James Akinjo and Mac McClung are top two freshman scorers in the league with 14.1 and 13.4 averages.
On Sunday, Marquette came back from an eight-point deficit at halftime to beat Providence 79-68 at Fiserv Forum. Sam Hauser led the way with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Markus Howard finished with 24 points and nine rebounds. Nate Watson scored a team-high 21 points for Providence. Alpha Diallo added 16 points and six rebounds. Marquette is 13-0 at the new Fiserv Forum. The Golden Eagles are 15-3 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play. Providence is 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the league.
In Monday’s release of the national college basketball polls, Marquette moved up to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 11 in the USA Today poll. Villanova also moved up, advancing to 18th in both polls.