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Georgetown Hoyas vs. Butler Bulldogs Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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It's rare that bulletin board material comes from a hometown newspaper -- especially in college sports.

But early this week, Butler got a dose from the Indianapolis Star in an article questioning the school's move to the Big East Conference. Two days earlier, Georgetown was skewered by The Washington Post in a season that has "bottomed out," according to the headline.

Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, when Butler (10-10, 3-6) plays host to Georgetown (6-11, 0-6), the matchup features programs and coaches under scrutiny.

Butler reacted well to the recent slings and arrows, rallying its forces in a 72-55 upset of Creighton on Wednesday. Georgetown, however, had no such response, providing little resistance in a 96-73 loss Tuesday at No. 20 UConn.

It was the seventh straight loss for the Hoyas.

There's no mystery about what ails Georgetown. With an adjusted defense rank of No. 284 on Kenpom.com, there's only one major conference school, No. 293 Georgia, that plays worse defense.

In the UConn loss, it took the form of failing to get back in transition as the Huskies got 27 fastbreak points to six for the Hoyas.

"Hey look, there's no cavalry coming over the hill," Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said afterward. "This is our team. Banged up or whatever. COVID or whatever. This is our team. We have to go out there and we have to compete."

While there's no cavalry on the way, there is a new player in the fold as the Hoyas announced Howard transfer Wayne Bristol Jr. has been added to the roster.

Entering this week, Butler was in similar straits as Georgetown. The Bulldogs had lost six of their previous seven with the lone win coming over the Hoyas. The most jarring defeat came on Jan. 16 at then-No. 14 Villanova, an 82-42 annihilation that marked the most lopsided loss for Butler since 1994.

But the Bulldogs followed their worst stretch of the year with their best win as they harassed Creighton into a 2-of-22 performance from beyond the arc. Bo Hodges scored 18 points, his high in two seasons at Butler.

"We haven't gotten the results we wanted over the last few games, but the guys have stayed the course," coach LaVall Jordan said. "They have a good growth mindset right now."

Butler beat Georgetown 72-58 on Jan. 13 as Jair Bolden scored 23 points.

--Field Level Media

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Georgetown Hoyas vs. Butler Bulldogs Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Simas Lukosius scored 13 points and Bryce Nze added 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to lift Butler to a 56-53 victory over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.

Aaron Thompson scored 12 points as Butler (11-10, 4-6) won its second straight game and completed a regular-season sweep of Georgetown for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.

It was the eighth straight loss for Georgetown (6-12, 0-7), its longest streak in five seasons under coach Patrick Ewing.

Aminu Mohammed paced the Hoyas with 16 points and six rebounds and Donald Carey added 12 and five, respectively.

The Hoyas had a chance to extend the game on the final possession but Carey's 3-point attempt from the right corner was off the mark.

The Hoyas made a determined comeback, rallying from 12 points down in the second half as Kaiden Rice and Dante Harris fueled the comeback with 3-pointers.

Georgetown secured a 53-52 lead with 1:24 left after Harris lobbed to Mohammed for a layup.

Thompson answered with a driving layup to give the lead back to Butler. After a turnover by Mohammed, Chuck Harris made a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Butler did it with defense, limiting the Hoyas to 36.2 percent shooting from the floor and a 4 of 19 performance (21.1 percent) from beyond the arc against the team that leads the conference in 3-point accuracy. In two wins this week, Butler harassed opponents into 6 of 41 shooting from the arc.

Butler got the lead with an 11-point run midway through the first half. Lukosius triggered it with the game's first 3-pointer. Thompson added a pair of driving layups as the Bulldogs grabbed a 19-11 lead.

After Georgetown missed its first eight tries from beyond the arc, Carey ended the drought with a pair of 3s on consecutive possessions.

But Bryce Golden had the final long-distance answer as his 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in the half put Butler up 32-26.

--Field Level Media

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