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The raw numbers make these teams look a lot closer than one might expect given their relative seeding. Georgetown scores 10.1 fewer points per game than Eastern, but EWU allows 9 more points per game. Both teams are extremely close statistically in rebounding, blocks and assists. Georgetown edges Eastern with 7.7 steals per game to the Eagles 6.4. Eastern has the edge in shooting hitting 48% of their shots to Georgetown's 45%. The trouble with raw numbers is that they do not take into account all of the situations that produce them. For one thing, Georgetown's conference, the Big East, features 6 NCAA Tournament teams, while Eastern is the sole representative from the Big Sky.
Stick with me through the break and I will break down the challenges and chances for Eastern as they head into tonight's match-up in Portland, Oregon.