Feb. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - The 11th-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team hits the road on Friday afternoon, heading to Syracuse for a matchup with the Orangemen at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tipoff time is slated for 4 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS, with Tim Brando and Bill Raftery calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin, in his 39th year calling Georgetown basketball games, can be heard on ESPN 980 AM.
The game features two teams tied for first place in the BIG EAST Conference. It is also Georgetown's last scheduled visit to the Carrier Dome to play Syracuse as members of the BIG EAST.
The meeting on Saturday afternoon will be the 88th all-time between the schools, with Syracuse leading the head-to-head series, 48-39, including a 30-11 mark in central New York. The teams have split the last four meetings, with Georgetown posting a 64-56 win at the Carrier Dome during the 2010-11 season. SU has won the last two meetings, including a narrow 64-61 win last season.
Georgetown improved to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in the BIG EAST with a 90-66 win over DePaul on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. It was the eighth-straight win for the Hoyas, who have the longest current win streak in the league. The win streak is the longest for Georgetown against league opponents since winning 10 in a row during 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), who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in steals (1.8 spg), is second on the team in blocked shots (1.0 bpg) and ranks third on the team in assists per game (2.4 apg).
Against BIG EAST opponents, Porter Jr. is averaging 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.0 percent from the floor (70-of-143) and 45.2 percent from three-point land (19-of-42) and 80.3 percent from the free throw line (57-of-71). Porter Jr. missed parts of two games this season and his per-40 minute averages are 18.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and leads the team with 41 three-point field goals. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (42.7%) 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 7.8 points per game, third with 5.4 rebounds and leads the team with 2.9 assists per game. Lubick leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 60.8 percent of his shots from the field. Sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.21 blocks, which ranks ninth in the BIG EAST.
Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) is coming off one of the best performances by a Georgetown freshman ever after scoring 33 points in the win over DePaul. It was the most points by a Hoya freshman since Victor Page scored 34 against Villanova on March 8, 1966 during the BIG EAST Tournament. He is averaging 8.5 points and 2.8 rebounds overall and 12.1 points in the last 11 games.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 16 of its 24 games. GU's opponents are averaging 56.1 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 7 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 37.6 percent shooting from the field, which is second in the conference. GU has limited 10 of its last 11 opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field.