Nov. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team arrived back in the Nation's Capital early on Saturday morning and, with just a day of rest, the Hoyas will officially open the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Nov. 11, hosting Duquesne at Verizon Center. Tip-off at the team's downtown home is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Sunday's Georgetown game against Duquesne is a regional round game of the Legends Classic. The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with Bob Picozzi and Bill Raftery calling all of the action. Locally, fans can hear the call of Rich Chvotkin, in his 39th year calling Georgetown games, on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas (0-0) were in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday and Friday and played one half against the University of Florida in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic aboard the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport, but the game was halted after the first 20 minutes of play due to condensation on the floor.
The game was rule a no-contest and all scores and statistics from the game will not count toward season or career totals.
Fans coming to the Georgetown season opener on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Verizon Center should make note of track work being done this weekend on the Metro railway service. Fans should visit this link - http://wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=5368 - to see how their commute to the Hoyas game could be affected.
The Hoyas enter the 2012-13 season with two starters and nine letterwinners returning to a team that was picked to finish in fifth place in the BIG EAST Conference. For the second time in five years, the GU roster features zero seniors and is predominantly made up of underclassmen, with a combined group of 10 freshmen and sophomores.
Leading the way is expected to be sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), who was one of 50 college basketball players selected to the Wooden Award Watch List by the Los Angeles Athletic Club earlier this week. Porter was named an Associated Press preseason honorable mention All-American and was a preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
Porter finished the 2011-12 season ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game and led the team in rebounds with 6.8 per game. He appeared in all 33 of GU's games, starting eight times, and led the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 52.5 percent of his shots from the floor. Porter, who averaged 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals, reached double figures in scoring 14 times, had seven double figure rebounding games and recorded three double-doubles.
Georgetown's two most experienced players are junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) and guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep). Starks finished fifth on the team in scoring last year with 7.1 points per game and is the team's top returning three-pointer shooter, connecting on 36 shots from long distance. Lubick, who has started 46 of 65 career games, averaged 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season.
Georgetown finished the 2011-12 season with a 24-9 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in eight years under Head Coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas, who were picked to finish 10th in the BIG EAST, posted a 12-6 record in league play and were among the top five teams in the league.
This will be the 14th meeting all-time between Georgetown and Duquesne, with the Dukes leading the series, 10-3. It is the first meeting since the 1995-96 season, an 88-86 GU win. Current Hoya assistant coach Kenya Hunter is a graduate of Duquesne and left school ranked third all-time in assists. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 141-152 against teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference.