Jan. 24, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team hits the road on Friday, heading out to Nebraska to play Creighton in the first BIG EAST Conference matchup between the schools. The game on Saturday, Jan. 25 tips off at Century Link Center in Omaha at 8 p.m. (ET).
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.
This will be the second-ever meeting between the Hoyas and the Blue Jays. The only meeting was during the 1969-70 season, an 80-79 Creighton win at the Gold Coast Classic in Palm Beach, Fla.
Georgetown enters the game with an 11-7 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following an 80-72 loss to Marquette on Monday night, the team's third-straight loss. The Hoyas opened up conference play with three wins in four games, but have lost three-straight, including back-to-back games at home.
In Monday's loss to Marquette, senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a career-high 28 points and sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) added 24 points to lead the Hoyas, who led in the second half for the third-straight game only to fall late in the game.
Smith-Rivera, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week for the fourth time this season, leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game. The sophomore also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (12th, 48.0%), assists (13th, 3.1), free throw percentage (7th, 83.7%), steals (T10th, 1.3), three-point field goal percentage (third, 46.7%), three-point field goals made (sixth, 2.3), assist-turnover ratio (13th, 1.6) and minutes played (5th, 34.7). He is also third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Starks, who has scored in double figures 14 times this season, is second on the team with 15.9 points, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST, and leads the team with 3.9 assists per game, which ranks eighth in the league.
GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks is averaging 33.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.2 steals. They have combined to score 46.3 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (602 of 1,301). Together, they are shooting 43.7 percent from the floor (192-of-439), 39.7 percent from three-point land and (73-of-184) and 84.3 percent from the free throw line (145-of-172).
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), who recorded his first career double-double, and Georgetown's first of the season, with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a loss to Seton Hall, is averaging 6.4 points a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game. Hopkins, who had a career-high five blocks against Marquette, is fourth in the BIG EAST with 1.6 blocks per game.
Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.3 points, 5.5 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.8 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds, including 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in BIG EAST games.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (72.3 points per game) and are third in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.0 percent of their shots. GU ranks fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 66.9 points per game, but the Hoyas are second in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing only 68.3 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank first in the league in field goal percentage defense (39.3 percent) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.4 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 17 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 10 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Creighton enters Saturday's game with a 16-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following a 96-68 win over Villanova in which the Blue Jays hit 21 three-pointers. Senior forward Doug McDermott leads the team, and the BIG EAST, in scoring with 24.8 points per game and has hit 48 three-pointers while grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game. Fellow senior forward Ethan Wragge is second on the team with 12.5 points per game and leads the team with 74 three-point field goals made. The Blue Jays, who have seven players scoring at least 6.1 points per game, lead the BIG EAST in scoring offense (82.6 ppg), field goal percentage (49.5%) and three-point field goal percentage (43.6%). The team also ranks second in the league in scoring defense, allowing 66.0 points per game.