Georgetown Plays Michigan State on Saturday in Fox Sports 1's Super Saturday
Jan. 31, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team travels to New York City today, heading to play at Madison Square Garden against No. 9-ranked Michigan State in the team's final non-conference game of the regular season. Tip-off at The World's Most Famous Arena is slated for 3 p.m.
The game, part of Fox Sports Super Saturday Hoops, will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
Georgetown's meeting with Michigan State will be only the second meeting all-time between the teams. The Spartans won the only other game, 80-68, in the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 29-36 against teams from the Big Ten Conference. GU last played a Big Ten team during the 2012-13 season, an 82-72 loss to Indiana during the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. The team's last win against a team from the Big Ten was a 67-51 win at Michigan during the 2006-07 season.
Georgetown enters the game on Saturday with an 11-9 overall record, including a 3-6 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following a 65-60 loss to No. 9 Villanova on Monday. The Hoyas have lost five-straight games.
In Monday's loss to Villanova, senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a game-high 20 points, his third-straight game with at least 20 points, and freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) added 12 points.
Starks, who has scored in double figures 16 times this season, is second on the team with 16.4 points, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST, and leads the team with 4.0 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the loss to Villanova, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. In the last three games, he is averaging 23.0 points per game.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST. The sophomore also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (15th, 45.7%), assists (13th, 3.0), free throw percentage (T3rd, 85.0%), steals (12th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (6th, 42.7%), three-point field goals made (6th, 2.2), assist-turnover ratio (12th, 1.5) and minutes played (5th, 35.0). He is also third on the team with 4.7 rebounds per game.
GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks is averaging 33.5 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 (669 of 1,424). Together, they are shooting 43.0 percent from the floor (216-of-502), 37.8 percent from three-point land and (79-of-209) and 85.4 percent from the free throw line (158-of-185).
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 6.8 points and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. In the last seven games, Hopkins is averaging 7.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 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 1.9 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds, including 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in BIG EAST games. Cameron has started the last six games and is averaging 8.7 points per game in that span.
The Hoyas rank 10th in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (71.2 points per game) and are third in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 46.4 percent of their shots. GU ranks fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.2 points per game, but the Hoyas are second in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 68.8 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 (30.6 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 37 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 47 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Michigan State enters Saturday's game with a 19-2 overall record following a 71-69 win at Iowa on Tuesday night. The Spartans had won 11 in a row before an 80-75 loss at home to Michigan and have won 12 of their last 13 games overall. Their only other loss this season was a 79-65 decision to North Carolina. Michigan State has four players scoring in double figures, led by sophomore guard Gary Harris, who is scoring 18.3 points per game and has hit a team-high 42 three-pointers. Senior center Adreian Payne is second on the team with 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, while senior guard Keith Appling is averaging 15.4 points and 4.9 assists and junior guard Branden Dawson is averaging 10.2 points and a team-best 8.7 rebounds. The Spartans are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor, 38.4 percent from three-point land and scoring 79.2 points per game while yielding 64.9 per game.