Feb. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The 11th-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home to Verizon Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival DePaul.
The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on MASN, with Mike Corey and Bob Wenzel calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to the radio broadcast of Rich Chvotkin on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown improved to 19-4 overall and 9-3 in the BIG EAST Conference, tied for first place with Syracuse and Marquette, with a 62-55 win at Cincinnati on Friday night. The wins extended Georgetown's win streak to seven games, the longest current streak in the BIG EAST Conference. The seven-game win streak is the longest against conference opponents for Georgetown since the 2006-07 season.
Georgetown is ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches' poll.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday. It is the first time Porter Jr. has ever been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and it is the sixth time he has been recognized by the league this season, as he was named to the league's weekly honor roll five times.
Overall this season, Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring and rebounding, with 15.3 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. He is also third on the team in assists (2.34 apg), leads the team in steals (1.67 spg) and is second in blocked shots (21). He ranks 10th in the league in scoring, third in the league in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (50.4%), seventh in steals, second in three-point field goal percentage (44.4%) and second in defensive rebounds per game (6.00 rpg). Against BIG EAST opponents, Porter Jr. is averaging 17.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (67-of-134) and 45.0 percent from three-point land (18-of-40) and 81.5 percent from the free throw line (53-of-65).
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 39 three-point field goals. He ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (41.9%) and is 13th in the league in three-point field goals made.
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.5 points per game, third with 5.3 rebounds and leads the team with 2.91 assists per game. Lubick leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 60.5 percent of his shots from the field. Sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), who scored a career-high 14 points in the Rutgers win, is averaging 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, which ranks ninth in the BIG EAST.
Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) is averaging 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in the last 10 games.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 16 of its 23 games. GU's opponents are averaging 55.7 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 7 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 37.5 percent shooting from the field, which is second in the conference. GU has limited nine of its last 10 opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field.