Feb. 27, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team departed campus on Wednesday afternoon for a key BIG EAST Conference matchup on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Marquette. Tip-off at Bradley Center in Milwaukee is slated for 9 p.m. (ET).
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Dick Stockton handling the play-by-play and Kevin O'Neill serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin, in his 40th season calling Hoya games, can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown improved to 16-11 overall and 7-8 in the BIG EAST Conference with an impressive 74-52 win over Xavier on Saturday at Verizon Center. It was the fifth win in the last seven games for the Blue & Gray.
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who scored 22 points, had three rebounds and four assists in the Xavier win, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. It was the third time this month that Starks has been recognized by the league. In two games last week, Starks averaged 17.5 points per game, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (11-of-12) and connecting on 11-of-13 free throws (84.6%) as GU lost to Seton Hall on the road and bounced back to beat Xavier.
Overall this season, Starks is second on the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game and leads the team with 3.9 assists per game. He ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring, is sixth in the league in assists and seventh in free throw percentage (83.6%). Overall this season, he has played 91.2 percent of the team's minutes (994-of-1090) played. In the last seven games, he is averaging 17.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds.
Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career last month, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,127 points in 120 games (a 9.4 per game average) and needs three more points to pass Mike Laughna ('72) and DaJuan Summers ('09), who are currently tied for 32nd on the all-time list.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill), who scored only nine points against Xavier, just his fourth games in single figures this season, leads the Hoyas in scoring with 16.8 points per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST Conference. He is second on the team with 2.8 assists, third on the team with 4.5 rebounds and leads the team with 1.2 steals per game. In BIG EAST games, he is averaging 18.0 points per game. Smith-Rivera, who has six games with at least 20 points this season, also ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (3rd, 86.4%), steals (T10th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (8th, 40.2%), three-point field goals made (10th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 35.0).
GU's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 33.5 points,6.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals. They have combined to score 47.3 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (905 of 1,914). Together, they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor (288-of-674), 35.4 percent from three-point land and (95-of-268) and 85.1 percent from the free throw line (234-of-275).
Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who missed five games with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game. Since returning to the rotation, Trawick is averaging 10.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor (28-of-57) in 25.3 minutes game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.6 points, is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds and leads the team with 1.6 blocks per game, which is tied for third in the BIG EAST. Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.4 points, leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 2.0 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds, including 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in BIG EAST games.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (70.9 points per game) and are fifth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 46.1 percent of their shots. GU ranks fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.2 points per game and is third in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 68.5 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank second in the league in field goal percentage defense (40.8 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (31.7 percent).
Marquette enters Thursday night's game with a 16-11 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following a 96-94 overtime win over DePaul on Saturday. Senior forward Davante Gardner is one of three players scoring in double figures for the Golden Eagles, leading the team with 14.7 points per game and tying for the team lead with 5.7 rebounds per game. Redshirt senior Jamil Wilson is second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points and tied for the team lead with 5.4 rebounds, while junior Todd Mayo is third on the team with 10.2 points per game. Redshirt senior Jake Thomas has hit a team-high 53 three-pointers and is eighth in the BIG EAST in trifectas made, while junior Derrick Wilson is averaging 5.6 points and a team-leading 4.1 assists per game. Marquette is sixth in the league in scoring offense (72.0 ppg) and fifth in the league in scoring defense (67.2 ppg). In conference games, the Golden Eagles are fifth in the league in scoring (71.1 ppg) and seventh in scoring defense (72.4 ppg).
The game with Marquette will be the 17th all-time between the schools, with the series tied at eight wins apiece. The Golden Eagles posted an 80-72 overtime win at Verizon Center last month in the first meeting between the teams. Georgetown is 2-5 in Milwaukee and have lost the last four games at Bradley Center. The Hoyas last win on the road in the series was a 70-68 overtime win during the 2007-08 season.