Nov. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - The 20th-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team is back in action on Friday, Nov. 30, hosting Tennessee at Verizon Center as part of the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. The game, which is one of 12 involved in the sixth annual SEC/BIG EAST Challenge, tips off at Verizon Center at 6:30 p.m.
Friday's game will be aired live on ESPN, with Marc Kestecher on play-by-play and Bobby Knight doing color. Rich Chvotkin can be heard live in the local D.C. radio listening area on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown enters the game with a 4-1 overall record after defeating Mount St. Mary's 72-50 in its last outing. The Hoyas only loss thus far was against No. 1 Indiana in the finals of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.
Two wins in three games last week, including a 78-70 decision over then-No. 11 UCLA in the semifinals of the Legends Classic, propelled the Hoyas into the national rankings. Georgetown is No. 20 in the Associated Press poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches' poll.
Against Mt. St. Mary's Georgetown had two players record double-doubles as sophomore forwards Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) each achieved the feat. Porter scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Whittington tallied 17 points and recorded 11 boards. The Hoyas shot over 60% from the field and after only holding a two point lead at halftime outscored the Mountaineers 38-18 in the second half.
On the season Georgetown is limiting its opponents to 39.6 percent shooting from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range. Meanwhile the Hoyas are making 50.4 percent of their shots and 39.6 percent from three. Five Hoyas are making over 50 percent of their shots, led by Porter who has made 19-of-33 shots on the year (.576).
Porter is third on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game. Junior Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is second on the team in shot percentage making 16-of-28 shots (.571) and is fifth in scoring with 8.6 points
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Whittington rank one-two in number of shots taken and also have shot over 50 percent from the field. Starks, who is GU's leading scorer at 14.0 points per game is 27-of-53 (.509), while Whittington is 27-of-52 (.519) and ranks second in scoring with 13.6 points per game. The other Hoya netting half his shots is freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) at 52.6 percent.
Sophomore forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is fourth in scoring with 11.2 points per game. He has netted double digit points in four of GU's five contests.
Tennessee enters the game on a two-game winning streak after defeating Oakland, 77-50, at home and UMass, 83-69, in the final game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Volunteers boast a 4-1 mark, with the only blemish coming at the hands of Oklahoma State, 62-45, also in Puerto Rico. Three Vols average double digit points, led by Jarnell Stokes' 14.8 points per game. Stokes also leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 per game.
This will be the third all-time matchup between Georgetown and Tennessee. The teams split the first two affairs with GU winning 70-60 in the first round of the 2003 NIT postseason tournament and Tennessee winning 90-78 in 2008.
Georgetown is 2-0 all-time in SEC-BIG EAST Challenge games with both victories coming against Alabama. Last season GU defeated the Crimson Tide, 57-55, in Tuscaloosa and also in the inaugural game of the Challenge in 2007, when the Hoyas won, 70-60, in Birmingham.