DePaul vs. #9 Georgetown Game Preview

DePaul rings in the New Year by traveling to the nation's capital to take on the Georgetown Hoyas on New Year's Day.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. #9 Georgetown Hoyas – Saturday, January 1st, Noon Central – Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

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Game Preview

Game two of the rigorous Big East slate takes DePaul (6-7, 0-1) to D.C. for a match-up with the ninth-ranked Georgetown Hoyas (11-2, 0-1) in an afternoon tilt on New Year's Day.

Both teams are coming off disappointing road games.

On Tuesday the Demons were easily disposed by the Cincinnati Bearcats 76-60, while the Hoyas lost at Notre Dame by a 69-55 score.

Georgetown had an uncharacteristically hard time getting the ball in the rim and finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field. Georgetown was worse from the three-point line, shooting a paltry 18 percent on four of 22 shooting.

Suffice to say, the Hoyas will be amped to get back on the winning track at home. This will be a tall task for the Demons, as playing on the road in the Big East is the ultimate litmus test. The Demons haven't won on the road since December of 2008.

Georgetown's success is mostly predicated on the "DC Three," which is the trio of Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Jason Clark. The triumvirate account for 57.1 percent of Georgetown's offense.

Freeman leads the team with 19.1 ppg. The 6-4 senior guard, who was the preseason pick to be Big East Player of the Year, is a complete player who can knock down the open shot and as easily slash to the basket.

Wright, however, is the engine behind the Hoya's offense. The senior point guard is as heady as they come. Wright is third on the team with 12.8 ppg, while leading the team in assists (6.7).

Clark is another veteran wing player that DePaul has to contain. Clark is second on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and is a good three point shooter (42% from three-point land).

Julian Vaughn (9.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg) and Hollis Thompson (8.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg) round out the starting five.

Georgetown is as about complete a team as there is in the Big East. They are an efficient bunch and lead the Big East in field goal percentage (.528) and three-point shooting (.426). So, in all likelihood what you saw at Notre Dame was an aberration.

The Hoyas, who have won every match-up with the Demons in Big East play, will provide DePaul with their toughest test on the season.

If DePaul is to have any kind of shot, they will have to ironically lean on two D.C. area freshmen in Brandon Young (12.8 ppg) and Cleveland Melvin (11.5 ppg).

The game will be a battle of wills, as DePaul's pressure defense is likely to phase the experienced Hoyas. For the young Demons, it should be another baptism by fire.

Notes:

- This is DePaul's first game against a ranked opponent this season.

The Last Time

In January on 2010, DePaul dropped their Big East home opener 67-50 to 13th-ranked Georgetown at Allstate Arena.

It was a tough day at the office for DePaul senior guard Will Walker, who scored nine points, but shot three of 14 from the field.

The lone bright spot for the Demons was junior big man Mac Koshwal. Mac put on a 16 point, eight rebound performance with no turnovers in front of scouts from 15 NBA teams.

Georgetown center Greg Monroe was held to 10 points, but contributed in may other ways including dishing out five assists and blocking three shots.

The Hoyas had four players finish in double-figures. Junior guard Chris Wright led all scorers with 18 points. Austin Freeman contributed with 17 points and Jason Clark chipped in with 13.

Georgetown Roster

NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School

1 Hollis Thompson 6-7 205 F SO Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS

4 Chris Wright 6-1 209 G SR Bowie, Md./St. John's College (D.C.)

5 Markel Starks 6-2 175 G FR Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep

11 Vee Sanford 6-3 180 G SO Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic

12 Ryan Dougherty 6-0 192 G SR Kensington, Md./St. Albans (D.C.)

14 Henry Sims 6-10 232 C JR Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph

15 Austin Freeman 6-3.5 235 G SR Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha

20 Jerrelle Benimon 6-7 237 F SO Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

21 Jason Clark 6-2 170 G JR Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell

22 Julian Vaughn 6-9 250 F SR Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy

23 Aaron Bowen 6-6 200 F FR Jacksonville, Fla./QEA (N.C.)

25 John Caprio 6-5.5 210 G FR North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep

32 Moses Ayegba 6-8.5 250 C FR Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian (Md.)

34 Nate Lubick 6-8.5 238 F FR Southboro, Mass./St. Mark's


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