Georgetown Travels for Weekend Matchup at Butler on Saturday Night

GUHOYAS.COM The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays the second game of a three-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 11, visiting new Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and playing new BIG EAST Conference member Butler University.
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The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays the second game of a three-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 11, visiting new Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and playing new BIG EAST Conference member Butler University.
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Jan. 10, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays the second game of a three-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 11, visiting new Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and playing new BIG EAST Conference member Butler University.

The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m., with Justin Kutcher calling the play-by-play and Donny Marshall serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.

Georgetown had a three-game win streak end on Wednesday in a 70-52 loss at Providence. The loss dropped GU's record to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST. On Wednesday in Rhode Island, Georgetown fell behind early and rallied to tie the game late in the first half, but Providence used a big second half to pull away as the Hoyas fell to the Friars, only the team's second loss in the last 10 games. Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Georgetown, while junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added 12 points.

The game on Saturday in Indianapolis will be a homecoming for Smith-Rivera, who attended North Central High School and played Indiana state playoff games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The sophomore, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the third time this season,

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 DePaul and St. John's. 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.

 

 

Overall this season, Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring - and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST - with 17.2 points per game. He is third on the team with 4.8 rebounds and is averaging 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 with 15.4 points and leads the team with 4.1 assists per game.

GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks is averaging 32.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.4 steals. They have combined to score 44.2 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (457 of 1,035).

Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), who scored 12 points against Providence, is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.8 points, second on the team with 5.1 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 6.3 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.9 assists.

The Hoyas rank fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (73.9 points per game) and lead the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.8 percent of their shots.

GU ranks fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 65.0 points per game, but the Hoyas are second in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing only 61.7 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank tied for first in the league in field goal percentage defense (38.6 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.9 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 23 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 26 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.

The game with Butler will be the second all-time meeting between the schools. The last time the team's played was during the 2009-10 season, a 72-65 Georgetown win at the Jimmy V Classic..

Butler enters Saturday's game with a 10-5 overall record and three-straight losses to open BIG EAST play, first in overtime to No. 10 Villanova, on the road to Xavier and then a double overtime loss at home to DePaul (99-94) on Thursday night. Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham leads the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game and has hit 45 three-pointers, while senior forward Khyle Marshall is second on the team with 15.8 points and second with 5.7 rebounds per game. Junior forward Kameron Woods is third on the team with 9.7 points and leads the team with 9.7 rebounds. The Bulldogs are averaging 75.9 points per game and allowing 66.9 points, while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and 35.1 percent from three-point land.

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