No. 7 Georgetown Hits the Road for Valentine's Day Visit to Rutgers
Feb. 13, 2010
The Georgetown University men's basketball departs on Saturday afternoon for its second-straight BIG EAST Conference road game, visiting Rutgers on Sunday, Feb. 14. Tipoff on Valentine's Day at the Louis Brown Athletic Center is slated for 4 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN, with Eamon McAnaney and Jim Spanarkel calling the action. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The game will also be shown on SNY, BRIGHTHOUSE (Tampa-St. Pete and Orlando), as well as COX-NE (Providence and ESPN 360.
The Hoyas improved to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in league play on Tuesday, posting a 79-70 win at Providence. It was the second-straight win for GU following a thrilling 103-90 win over then-No. 2 Villanova in front of 10,387 fans (a sellout) who braved more than 20 inches of snow that blanketed the Nation's Capitol last weekend.
Georgetown, seeking its third-straight win on Sunday, is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the third-straight week and remained at No. 8 in the country in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.
Sunday's game is the 41st meeting all-time between Rutgers and Georgetown. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 25-15, and have won the last eight meetings between the teams, including an 88-63 decision on Jan. 23 at Verizon Center.
Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), who was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after his performance in a pair of games last week, leads the team with 16.8 points per game and is shooting 54.7 percent from the floor. In conference games, Freeman is averaging 19.7 points per game.
It was the second-straight week that Freeman has been named to the Weekly Honor Roll. He has scored in double figures in the last 17 games and in the last five games, Freeman is averaging 21.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 60.9 percent from the floor and 61.9 percent from 3-point land.
Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) has been recognized by the BIG EAST four times this season, being named Player of the Week once and selected to the Honor Roll three times. Monroe is second on the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game (15.0 in league games) and leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game. Monroe, who has nine double-doubles this season, scored 12 points and had 12 assists in the win at Providence.
Freeman and fellow junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) have shared some of the scoring load as well. Wright is third on the team in scoring with 14.6 points (14.6 in BIG EAST games) and leads the team with 4.0 assists per game. The Hoyas junior backcourt duo of Freeman and Wright has combined to average 31.4 points per game, 6.4 assists and 6.4 rebounds and is shooting 52.8 percent from the floor (262-of-496), 42.4 percent (72-of-170) and 81.0 percent of their free throws (128-of-158). Sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) is fourth on the team with 10.9 points per game, third with 3.7 rebounds and has hit 49-of-108 three-point field goal attempts (45.4%). Junior Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy), who scored a career-high 19 points at Providence, is fifth on the team with 8.7 points and second on the team with 5.0 rebounds.