Georgetown (18-4, 7-2) is getting healthier before its Big East showdown at Butler (14-9, 4-6) on Monday night in the midst of what the Hoyas hope is a four-game winning streak. Graduate transfer Mac McClung and junior forward Omer Yurtseven are both questionable for the Hoyas against the Bulldogs due to nagging injuries, according to a team spokesman.
McClung missed the last three games because of a sprained ankle, while Yurtseven injured his left knee and didn’t play Saturday in a home loss to No. 12 Marquette. McClung did not practice on Sunday, while Yurtseven is set to get a setback. McClung told the Georgetown athletic department’s website that he “tweaked his ankle” and “ran like a gazelle” during a pregame workout. Yurtseven said after the game he felt “a little bit more” in the knee but wasn’t concerned. “I think it’s better,” he said.
McClung and Yurtseven are projected to be in the starting lineup against Butler. McClung leads the Hoyas in scoring (14.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.9), while Yurtseven is averaging 6.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Georgetown was picked to finish third in the Big East this season, but the team has largely lived up to its potential so far by earning at least a share of the league’s regular-season title. The last time the Hoyas won the regular-season crown in consecutive seasons was 1983-84 and 1984-85. Butler was picked last in the Big East preseason poll, but the Bulldogs have shown a knack for surprising teams this season. The Hoyas won the teams’ first meeting last month in a tight one, 64-60, in Cincinnati.