Feb. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - Riding a season-long nine-game win streak and a move into the top-10 of the national rankings, the Georgetown University men's basketball team departed the Nation's Capital today for a game at long-time BIG EAST rival Connecticut on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Tipoff at Gampel Pavilion on UConn's campus is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Mike Patrick and LaPhonso Ellis calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to the radio broadcast of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.
Georgetown is coming off a 57-46 win at then-No. 8 Syracuse on Saturday, its ninth-straight win, the longest win streak against conference opponents since winning 10 in a row during the 2006-07 season.
The Hoyas enter Wednesday night's game with a 21-4 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the BIG EAST, standing alone in first place.
Georgetown is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Hoyas move into the top-10 in AP poll marks the seventh-straight year the program has made at least one appearance in the AP top-10. They are one of only four schools nationally in that group (Duke, North Carolina and Kansas). Georgetown also ranks fifth nationally in AP poll appearances (113) since January 2006, trailing only four other schools (Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan State).
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), who scored 33 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five steals in the Syracuse win, leads the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game and rebounding with 7.7 boards per game.
It was the second-straight game a Georgetown player scored at least 30 points, as freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) had 33 points in a 90-66 win over DePaul on Wednesday.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 42 three-point field goals and 3.0 assists.
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is fifth on the team in scoring with 7.7 points, third with 5.3 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.8 assists. He leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 59.1 percent of his shots from the field (78-of-132).
Sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who had five assists in the win at Syracuse, is averaging 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
The game with Connecticut will be the 64th all-time between the teams, with the Hoyas leading the head-to-head series, 34-29. Georgetown has won four of the last six meetings, including a 74-63 road win during the 2008-09 season.