Jan. 7, 2014
WASHINGTON - After opening BIG EAST Conference play with a pair of wins at home, the Georgetown University men's basketball team hits the road for the first of three league games away from home, starting with a match up at long-time rival Providence on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Tip-off at the Dunkin' Donuts Center is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with the network's lead college basketball announcers handling the call, Gus Johnson on play-by-play and Bill Raftery as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas improved to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST after sweeping a pair of BIG EAST games last week at home, beating St. John's, 77-60, on Saturday, and DePaul, 61-54, last Tuesday. Georgetown has won nine of its last 10 games overall.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after leading the Hoyas to the wins over the Blue Demons and the Red Storm. In two games last week, Smith-Rivera averaged 21.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor (13-of-20) and 61.5 percent from three-point land (8-of-13). He scored a season-high 31 points, connecting on 9-of-12 from the floor and hitting a career-high six three-pointers as the Hoyas hit 56.1 percent of their shots from the floor (23-of-41) and were 69.2 percent from three-point land (9-of-13). Earlier in the week, he scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 61-54 win over DePaul.
Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST, is third on the team with 4.8 rebounds and second with 3.1 assists per game.
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who has scored in double figures 11 times this season, is second on the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game and leads the team with 4.2 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST. Starks ranks third in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, connecting on 89.1 percent of his shots from the charity stripe (57-of-64).
GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks are averaging 33.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 2.5 steals. They have combined to score 43.7 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (430 of 983).
Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) is third on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game, fourth on the team with 3.4 rebounds and leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 65.5 percent of his field goals.
Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 7.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.9 percent from the floor (33-of-56).
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.4 points, second on the team with 5.3 rebounds and leads the team with 1.3 blocks, while senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.8 points, a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 2.0 assists.
The Hoyas rank fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (75.6 points per game) and lead the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 49.5 percent of their shots.
GU ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 64.6 points per game, but the Hoyas are first in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing only 57.0 points per game The Blue & Gray rank second in the league in field goal percentage defense (38.2 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.4 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 19 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 20 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
The game with Providence will be the 63rd all-time between the Hoyas and the Friars. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 43-19, and has won the last eight meetings overall. GU is 13-13 all-time in Providence and has won the last three meetings in the Creative Capital.
Providence enters tonight's game with a 10-5 overall record and an 0-2 record in the BIG EAST following losses to Seton Hall and Villanova to open conference play. The Friars have lost their last three overall, including a non-conference loss at UMass. Senior guard Bryce Cotton is one of four players scoring in double figures for the Friars, leading the team, and ranking second in the BIG EAST, with 20.2 points per game. Sophomore forward Tyler Harris is second on the team with 13.8 points and third with 5.3 rebounds, while junior forward LaDonate Henton is third in scoring with 12.7 points and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds and senior forward Kadeem Batts is averaging 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Providence is scoring 71.9 points per game and yielding 67.0 points. The team ranks eighth in the league in both scoring offense and defense.