No. 7 Georgetown Hosts No. 2 Villanova on Saturday at Verizon Center
Feb. 5, 2010
Mother Nature may blanket the Nation's Capital with a fair amount of snow this weekend, but the No. 7-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team is set to play second-ranked Villanova on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Verizon Center. Tipoff at The Phonebooth is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Doris Burke calling all of the action. Rich Chvotkin's radio call can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Please note that, as of this time, the game is scheduled to be played. You may visit the Athletics Department website - www.guhoyas.com - for any game information updates. We strongly encourage fans to use WMATA (Metro) and to not attempt to drive vehicles to the Verizon Center. Please follow local government messages concerning travel and use every precaution to keep safe. Here is a link to WMATA (Metro) http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/safety_security/snowmap.cfm.
In anticipation of a large amount of snow this weekend, Georgetown Athletics will likely have an exchange program for those unable to make the game (the exchange will likely apply to the March 6 home game vs. Cincinnati). For details, please visit www.guhoyas.com/tickets starting Monday, February 8.
The Hoyas enter the game with a 16-5 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference after a 72-64 loss to South Florida on Wednesday night. Georgetown is ranked No. 7 in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll.
Villanova enters the game with a 20-1 overall record and a 9-0 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Wildcats are ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll. Led by senior guard Scottie Reynolds, who is averaging 18.5 points per game, the Wildcats have won 11-straight games, their lone loss a 75-65 decision to Temple.
Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), who was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second time this year, leads the Hoyas in scoring with 16.4 points per game, including a 19.4 per game average in BIG EAST games. Freeman, who has scored in double figures in the last 15 games, needs two more points to become the 41st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox), who was named the league's player of the week on Dec. 14 and has been selected to the Honor Roll three times (Dec. 7, Jan. 18, Jan. 25), is second on the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game and leads the team with 9.7 rebounds per game. Monroe, who has eight double-doubles this season, scored 21 points in the loss to USF.
Junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) is third on the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and leads the team with 4.1 assists per game.
The Hoyas junior backcourt tandem of Freeman and Wright have combined to average 31.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor (237-of-454), 43.2 percent (67-of-155) from three-point land and 81.6 percent from the free throw line (111-of-136).
Saturday's game with Villanova will be the 68th meeting all-time between the programs. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 39-28, and has won five of the last six meetings between the teams. Villanova won the first game between the teams on Jan. 17, 82-77.