March 21, 2013
Philadelphia, Pa. - The No. 8-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team arrived as the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday afternoon for its mid-day practice in front of the public and met with the media in advance of the team's second round NCAA Tournament game against Florida Gulf Coast University, to be held on Friday, March 23.
Tipoff at the Wells Fargo Center is slated for 6:50 p.m. The game will be shown live on WTBS, with Kevin Harland calling the play-by-play and Len Elmore and Reggie Miller serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown, 25-6 overall, is the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional, won a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament after closing out conference play with a 14-4 league record following a 61-39 win over Syracuse on March 9. The Hoyas are ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and closed out the regular season by winning 12 of its last 13 games.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and was the only unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Conference First Team, announced by the league offices last week. Porter Jr., one of 25 finalists for the Wooden Award recognizing the top player in college basketball, leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Porter Jr. also leads the team in steals (1.9 spg), is second on the team in blocked shots (0.9 bpg) and ranks third on the team in assists per game (2.7 apg). He has scored in double figures 27 times this season, has eight games with at least 20 points - including a car9eer-high 33 points in win at Syracuse on Feb. 23 - and has six double-doubles. Against BIG EAST opponents, Porter Jr. averaged 18.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor (104-of-209) and 44.1 percent from three-point land (30-of-68) and 80.7 percent from the free throw line (88-of-109). Porter Jr. missed parts of two games this season and his per-40 minute averages are 18.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), an All-BIG EAST third team selection, is second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game and leads the team with 2.9 assists per game and 59 three-point field goals. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (41.8%) and is 11th in the league in three-point field goals made.
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks), who was named to Seth Davis' "All-Glue" team, is fifth on the team in scoring with 7.2 points per game, third with 5.4 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.8 assists per game. Lubick leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 59.0 percent of his shots from the field. Sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, which ranks ninth in the BIG EAST. Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill), an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection, is averaging 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds overall and 13.5 points in the last 10 games.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 20 of its 31 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 37.6 percent shooting from the field, which is tops in the conference and No. 4 nationally. GU has limited 15 of its last 18 opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field.
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