The Georgetown University men's basketball team made final preparations on Sunday afternoon while practicing in Tallahassee, Fla. in advance of the team's Second Round National Invitation Tournament (NIT) game at Florida State on Monday, March 24. Tip-off at the Donald L. Tucker Center is slated for 7 p.m.
March 23, 2014
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team made final preparations on Sunday afternoon while practicing in Tallahassee, Fla. in advance of the team's Second Round National Invitation Tournament (NIT) game at Florida State on Monday, March 24. Tip-off at the Donald L. Tucker Center is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on ESPN with Mike Patrick handling the play-by-play and Cory Alexander serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to the radio broadcast of Rich Chvotkin on ESPN 980 AM.
The winner on Monday night's game will advance to the NIT Quarterfinals, playing Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, March 26.
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Georgetown enters the game with an 18-14 overall record following a 77-65 win over West Virginia in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night at McDonough Arena.
In Tuesday's win over West Virginia, sophomore guard D/'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) recorded his second career double-double with a season-high 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead three players in double figures. Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 14 points, a career-high seven rebounds and seven assists, while junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference. He is second on the team with 2.7 assists, third on the team with 5.0 rebounds and leads the team with 1.3 steals per game. Smith-Rivera, who has seven games with at least 20 points this season, also ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (1st, 88.0%), steals (9th, 1.3), three-point field goal percentage (7th, 39.5%), three-point field goals made (10th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 35.4).
Starks is second on the team in scoring with 17.0 points per game and leads the team with 4.1 assists, which ranks seventh in the BIG EAST. Starks, who is sixth in the league in scoring, ranks third in the league in free throw percentage (86.4%), 13th in three-point field goals made (1.7) and third in minutes played (36.9).
GU's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 34.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.1 steals. They have combined to score 48.8 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (1,101 of 2,254). Together, they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor (349-of-817), 35.6 percent from three-point land and (116-of-326) and 87.2 percent from the free throw line (287-of-329).
Smith-Rivera's 558 points are the 17th-best single season mark at Georgetown, six behind Reggie Williams, who scored 563 points in 1986. Starks' 543 points are the 22nd-best single season mark and he needs two points to pass Austin Freeman, who scored 544 in 2010.
Trawick, who missed five games with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 8.9 points per game. Since returning to the rotation, Trawick is averaging 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor (44-of-89) in 30.3 minutes game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.2 points, is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds and leads the team with 1.6 blocks per game, which is third in the BIG EAST, while senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.9 points, leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.7 assists.
The Hoyas are scoring 70.4 points per game and shooting 45.9 percent from the floor, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST, while limiting opponents to 67.3 points per game and 41.3 percent shooting from the floor.
Florida State enters Monday's game against Georgetown with a 20-13 record following a 58-53 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night. The Seminoles, who have won five of their last seven games, have three players scoring in double figures, led by sophomore guard Aaron Thomas, who averages 14.3 points per game. Senior guard Ian Miller is second on the team with 13.7 points and has hit a team-best 58 three-point field goals, while senior forward Okaro White is third on the team with 13.3 points and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds. FSU is scoring 70.0 points per game and shooting 46.4 percent from the floor, while holding opponents to 65.5 points per game and limiting teams to 39.9 percent shooting from the floor.
Georgetown and Florida State have met three times prior to Monday night's game, with the Seminoles leading the head-to-head series, 3-0. The last time the teams played was during the 1992 NCAA Tournament, a 78-68 FSU win. The teams also played in 1969-70 and 1972-73, both games played at Tully Gymnasium.
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