Unable to topple the two giants of the Big East, Butler will have to settle for a chance at a season sweep of visiting Georgetown in Tuesday's conference game. The Bulldogs played well against No. 4 Xavier and No. 2 Villanova but couldn't close the deal, something it was able to do in the first meeting with the Hoyas, who've let more than a few wins slip away this season.

Kelan Martin was at his best in the two losses with the first back-to-back 30-point games of his career, including 34 points while playing all 45 minutes in an overtime loss to the Musketeers, but still the Bulldog's four-game winning streak went by the wayside. "We've got a lot of competitors in our locker room and they hate to lose," Butler coach LaVall Jordan told the media after the Bulldogs fell to Villanova for the first time in four games. "We fought, and Villanova made some tough plays in the second half." The Hoyas seemed primed to blow another sizable second-half cushion before Marcus Derrickson came to the rescue by hitting a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining against Seton Hall. "We could have easily let the rope go, but we fought," Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing told the media after his team blew a 17-point lead in the second half. "We did a great job of fighting back and keep our composure."

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (14-10, 4-9 Big East): The 3-pointer may have been the most important contribution from Derrickson, but it hardly the only one for the Maryland native. The 6-7 forward scored 22 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and didn't commit a turnover for the second time this season for the Hoyas, who had lost four straight prior to the win over Seton Hall. The double-double was the fifth in Big East action this season for Derrickson, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the 91-89 loss in double overtime in the first meeting with Butler.

ABOUT BUTLER (17-9, 7-6): Kamar Baldwin will be out to replicate his impressive effort from the first meeting with Georgetown, which started a streak of 13 straight games in double figures. The sophomore had career-highs with 12 field goals and 31 points and hit a pair of jumpers early in the second overtime to help the Bulldogs keep pace with the Hoyas. Martin has averaged 23.5 points in Big East games, third only to Oklahoma's Trey Young (Big 12) and Boston College's Jerome Robinson (ACC) among the top scorers in the power five conferences.


1. Martin, who has averaged 23 points in the last five meetings with Georgetown, became the first Butler player with two straight 30-point games since Matthew Graves (1997-98).

2. The Bulldogs have won four of the last five games against the Hoyas and can deadlock the series at six wins apiece with a victory Tuesday.

3. The 18 rebounds by Derrickson were most in a game for Georgetown since Bradley Hayes corralled 18 boards against UNC Asheville in 2015-16.

PREDICTION: Butler 85, Georgetown 77

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