WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will face St. John's on Wednesday, March 7 in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on FS1.
In Head Coach Patrick Ewing's inaugural year, the Hoyas, seeded No. 8, enter the tournament with a 15-14 overall record, including a 5-13 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, while the Red Storm, seeded No. 9, finished with a 15-16 overall record and a 4-14 conference record.
Junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, NY/Wings Academy), led the team this season with 17.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Mike Sweetney was the last Hoya to average double-digit points and rebounds when he recorded 22.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg in the 2002-03 season.
On Sunday, Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [NH]) was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and freshmen Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep and Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) were both named to the all-freshmen team, as the conference announced its postseason award winners. The meeting between the Hoyas and the Red Storm with be will be the 111th overall meeting. St. John's leads the overall series, 57-53, while Georgetown leads the BIG EAST regular season series, 35-32, and the BIG EAST Tournament series, 5-2. Georgetown swept the two matchups this season, winning 69-66 in New York on January 9 and 93-89 in double overtime on January 20.
The two teams met in the first round of the Tournament last year on March 8, 2017 with the Red Storm defeating the Hoyas, 74-73.
The last three games against St. John's have been decided by four or fewer points, and the last four contests by six or fewer.
St. John's finished the regular season with a 15-16 overall record and a 4-14 record in league play. The Re Storm were led by Shamorie Ponds, who averaged 21.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 28 games.
The winner of the Georgetown -- St. John's game advances to the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals to face Xavier, seeded No. 1, on Thursday, March 8 at noon.