No. 21/20 Georgetown Travels to Philadelphia for Matchup with No. 8/7 Villanova
Jan. 28, 2011
In the midst of a three-game conference win streak, the Georgetown University men's basketball team will depart today for a key BIG EAST meeting with No. 8/7 Villanova on Saturday, Jan. 29. Tipoff at Wachovia Center is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on ESPN with Dave Pasch and Doris Burke calling the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas improved to 15-5 overall and 4-4 in league play with a 77-52 win over St. John's on Wednesday night at Verizon Center, extending the team's win streak to three games, the longest conference win streak since the 2007-08 season. Georgetown is ranked No. 21 in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.
The game with Villanova will be the 69th meeting all-time between the schools. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 40-28, and has won six of the last seven meetings. The Hoyas posted a 103-90 win last year on Feb. 6 in front of more than 10,000 fans who trudged to Verizon Center despite blizzard conditions.
Senior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday after scoring 28 points in a win at Seton Hall last week, leads the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game. Freeman ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring overall and ranks sixth in BIG EAST games only, where he is averaging 17.3 points per game. Freeman scored in double figures for the 18th time this season when he tallied 14 points against St. John's.
Freeman is fourth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 53.9 percent of his shots from the field, sixth in free throw percentage (85.9%), second in three-point field goal percentage (47.1%) and fifth in three-point field goals made (2.40).
His 14 points against Seton Hall gave him 1,562 for his career and moved him past Brandon Bowman for 12th all-time on the Hilltop and he needs 28 points to pass John Duren (1976-80) for 11th place all-time. The senior tri-captain has also hit 170 career three-point field goals and moved past Gerald Riley (2000-04) for third all-time on the Hilltop. He needs 20 more to pass Kevin Braswell for second all-time.
Junior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who scored a game-high 16 points in the St. John's win, is second on the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game and third on the team with 4.2 rebounds per game. Clark is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, which is 13th in the BIG EAST, and 38.6 percent from three-point land. Senior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) is third on the team in country in scoring with 12.8 points per game and is third in the BIG EAST, and No. 29 nationally, in assists, handing out 5.55 assists per game.
The trio of Hoya guards - Freeman, Wright and Clark - have combined to average 43.9 points per game and have accounted for 57.8 percent of the team's scoring (878 points of 1,518 total). Wright and Freeman have combined to start 190 games. With Clark, who has started 53-straight games, the DC3 has combined for 244 starts.
Senior forward Julian Vaughn (Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy) is fourth on the team in scoring 8.7 points per game and leads the team, and ranks tied for 15th in the league, with 6.5 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 53.5 percent of his shots from the field. Vaughn also ranks fourth in the league with 2.21 blocks per game.
Sophomore forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola), a starter for the first 19 games, came off the bench and scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday. He is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 8.7 points and is second on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game. Thompson ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (53.8%) and is sixth in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 44.2 percent of his shots.
As a team, Georgetown leads the BIG EAST, and ranks second nationally, in field goal percentage, connected on 50.8 percent of its shots from the field. The Hoyas have four players among the top-15 in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (Freeman, Thompson, Vaughn and Clark).
Additionally, Saturday marks the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness event. JTIII will wear a pink tie and Jordans with pink accents as well as a breast cancer ribbon. The players' socks and shoes also will be embroidered with the pink ribbon. Thompson's wife, Monica, is a breast cancer survivor.