Dec. 20, 2013
Lawrence, Kan. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team traveled to Lawrence, Kan. on Thursday evening and practiced at famed Allen Fieldhouse Friday afternoon as the Hoyas made final preparations for a game with Kansas.
Georgetown tips off against No. 18/19 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 21 at noon (ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Jon Sciambi calling all of the play-by-play and Jay Bilas serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.
The Hoyas arrived in Lawrence, Kan. late on Thursday morning and awoke to Friday morning to temperatures in the low-20s and ice on the cars and roads after a brief storm overnight. The Blue & Gray practiced at Allen Fieldhouse from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. local time, with Head Coach John Thompson III visiting with the crew from ESPN during the latter stages of practice.
Georgetown enters the game on Saturday morning (11 a.m. local time) with a 7-2 overall record and six-straight wins, including an 86-75 decision over Elon on Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Hoyas in the win over the Phoenix, his third game this season with at least 20 points and the seventh game this season in double figures for the team's co-captain.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) added 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) scored 18 points and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) had his second-straight game in double figures with 10 points
Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game, is shooting 48.0 percent from the floor and 46.8 percent from three-point land, while grabbing 4.6 rebounds and handing out 2.9 assists. He ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring.
Starks is second on the team with 15.7 points per game and leads the team with 4.8 assists per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST.
Smith is third on the team with 14.1 points, which ranks 16th in the league, and has grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game. The 6-10 center has scored in double figures seven times this season.
The Hoyas rank fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (76.6 points per game) and are second the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.9 percent of their shots.
The team has been solid defensively, ranking seventh in the league in scoring defense (64.6 points per game), but leading the league in both field goal percentage defense (36.7 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (27.5 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 2 in the country in field goal percentage and No. 3 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Kansas enters today's game with a 7-3 record following an 80-63 win over New Mexico at home on Dec. 14. The Jayhawks had lost their previous two games, dropping decision at Colorado (75-72) and at Florida (67-61). Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leads the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Perry Ellis is second on the team with 14.1 points and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game. Freshman center Joel Embild is third on the team with 9.8 points and second with 6.5 rebounds. Junior guard Naadir Tharpe is averaging 6.2 points and leads the team with 4.6 assists. The Jayhawks are shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from three-point land.
The game with Kansas will be the third all-time matchup between the teams, the first on either team's home court. The all-time series record is 1-1, the last meeting a 67-63 Kansas win during the 2011 Maui Classic in Hawaii. Georgetown has an all-time record of 30-28 against teams from the Big 12 Conference..