Jan. 18, 2013
Tampa, Fla. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team hits the road for a pair of weekend BIG EAST Conference games, starting on Saturday, Jan. 19, visiting South Florida. Tipoff at the Sun Dome is slated for 6 p.m.
The Hoyas game will be shown live on MASN, with Jason Benetti and Mark Wise calling all of the action. The game will air on SNY in New York, Brighthouse in Florida (Tampa-St. Pete), Altitude in Colorado (Denver), Cox-NO in New Orleans and Cox-NE in the Rhode Island area Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.
Georgetown won its second-straight game on Wednesday, beating Providence, 74-65, in a BIG EAST game at Verizon Center. The victory improved the team's record to 12-3 overall and evened their record at 2-2 in league play.
The meeting with South Florida on Saturday will be the 12th all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 8-3. The Hoyas have won the last three meetings, including a 75-45 decision at home last season. GU has a 2-1 record in games played at USF, posting a 61-55 win during the 2010-11 season.
The Hoyas are led by sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central), who leads the team in scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game). Porter Jr. had his fourth double-double of the season, and the seventh of his career, with 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in the win over St. John's last Saturday, and scored a game-high 19 points in the win over Providence. Porter Jr. ranks 20th in the BIG EAST in scoring and fifth in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in steals (seventh, 2.00 spg) and blocked shots (12th, 1.21 bpg). He is also third on the team with 2.64 assists per game.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is third on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game and leads the team with 2.87 assists per game. Starks, who tied a career-high with seven assists in the Providence win, leads the team with 21 three-point field goals and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, connecting on 43.8 percent of his shots (21-of-48).
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.3 points, third on the team with 5.1 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.73 assists per game. He scored 10 points against Providence and has reached double figures in scoring six times this season, including the last two games.
Sophomore forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills), who is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, will not play until further notice due to eligibility issues.
The Hoyas have received great contributions from the bench in the last two games, averaging 15.0 points, 16.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. During the team's first 13 games, the reserves were averaging 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill), who had a career-high five assists in the Providence win, is averaging 7.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the last two games, while junior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) has contributed 6.5 points in the last two games.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 10 of its 15 games. GU's opponents are averaging 56.0 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 9 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 38.5 percent shooting from the field, which is third in the conference. GU has limited four of its last five opponents to below 50 percent shooting from the field.