Jan. 26, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team arrived back in the Nation's Capital early in the morning on Sunday and got back to work this afternoon as the Hoyas host No. 4/5 Villanova at Verizon Center on Monday, Jan. 27. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 9 p.m.
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 ESPN 980 AM.
The meeting with Villanova will be the 72nd all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 42-29. The Wildcats won last year's lone meeting, 67-57, in Philadelphia, but the Hoyas have won three of the last four games and eight of the last 10 overall. The Blue & Gray are 21-12 at home against Villanova and have won the last three games at Verizon Center.
Georgetown enters the game with an 11-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following a 76-63 loss at Creighton on Saturday night, the team's fourth-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 Saturday's loss at Creighton, senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a game-high 21 points, sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) added 18 points and junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added 14 points to lead the Hoyas.
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 (15th, 47.1%), assists (14th, 3.1), free throw percentage (5th, 84.4%), steals (T11th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (4th, 45.4%), three-point field goals made (6th, 2.3), assist-turnover ratio (12th, 1.6) and minutes played (5th, 34.9). He is also third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Starks, who has scored in double figures 15 times this season, is second on the team with 16.2 points, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST, and leads the team with 3.9 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Starks, who needs 17 points to become the 44th player in Georgetown history to pass the 1,000-point mark for his career, is averaging 24.5 points per game in the last two games.
GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks is averaging 33.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.1 steals. They have combined to score 47.0 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (641 of 1,364). Together, they are shooting 43.5 percent from the floor (207-of-476), 38.9 percent from three-point land and (77-of-198) and 84.7 percent from the free throw line (150-of-177).
Hopkins, 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 6.8 points and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. In the last six games, Hopkins is averaging 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.0 points, 5.7 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 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in BIG EAST games.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (71.8 points per game) and are third in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 46.5 percent of their shots. GU ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.4 points per game, but the Hoyas are second in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 69.2 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank first in the league in field goal percentage defense (39.6 percent) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 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.
Villanova enters Monday night's game with a 17-2 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the BIG EAST following a 94-85 overtime win at Marquette on Saturday. The Wildcats have four players scoring in double figures, led by junior forward JayVaughn Pinkston, who is scoring 15.2 points per game and is third on the team with 5.4 rebounds. Senior guard James Bell is second on the team with 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds, while also leading the team with 47 three-point field goals. Junior guard Darrun Hilliard is third on the team with 13.8 points per game and sophomore guard Ryan Arcidiacono is averaging 10.2 points and a team-best 3.5 assists per game. Villanova ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (81.3 ppg) and is second in the league in three-point field goals made (9.0 per game). The Wildcats rank eighth in the league in scoring defense (68.1 ppg) and fourth in the league in field goal percentage defense (40.1%).
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