DePaul vs. No. 10 Georgetown Game Preview

After dropping three straight games on the road, the Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena on Tuesday night to face the 10th ranked Georgetown Hoyas.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. No. 10 Georgetown Hoyas – Tuesday, January 17th, 6:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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After three straight losses on the road, the Blue Demons are happy to be returning home to the friendly confines of Allstate Arena on Tuesday night. When we last left Allstate, the DePaul students were rushing the floor after a win over Pittsburgh. Another court rushing will be in order should the Blue Demons find a way to upset 10th ranked Georgetown.

The outcome of this game may depend on how well Georgetown (14-3, 4-2) takes care of the basketball against DePaul's full court press. In Sunday's 69-49 rout over St. John's at Madison Square Garden, Georgetown had no difficulty against the Red Storm press. However, earlier in the week, the Hoyas turned the ball over 17 times in a 68-63 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bearcats scored 20 points off those turnovers.

DePaul (10-7, 1-4) needs to shore up their defense, especially considering that the Hoyas will be patient on offense and force DePaul to play half court defense. DePaul coach Oliver Purnell needs to make some adjustments defensively especially on the interior.

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng tore up the Blue Demons inside with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds in a 76-59 defeat of the Blue Demons on Saturday.

The Blue Demons will be challenged by another Big East big man in 6-10, 245 lb. Henry Sims on Tuesday night. Sims, a senior center, is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. One unusual note is that Sims also leads his team in assists at 3.6 dimes per game. That statistic tells us that Georgetown head coach John Thompson III likes to have his offense flow through Sims and go inside-out. So, the Blue Demons will have to watch for Sims kicking the ball back out to the open shooter.

The beneficiary of many of those assists has been junior forward Hollis Thompson, who is Georgetown's all-time leading three point shooter. Thompson is averaging 14.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is shooting a blistering hot 52.8% from beyond the arc for the Hoyas to lead the Big East in long-range marksmanship.

With the exception of Sims and senior guard Jason Clark, this is a rather young Georgetown team. Clark leads the Hoyas in scoring and is 16th in the Big East at 15.4 points per game. He dished out a career-high eight assists in the win over St. John's on Sunday where the Hoyas went on a 21-4 run to close out the game.

One bright spot for DePaul lately has been the play off the bench by backup point guard Worrel Clahar. Clahar is deserving of a shot at the starting lineup for the Blue Demons. In the last two games, Clahar is averaging 12.5 points, three assists and three steals per game.

The Last Time

On January 1st, 2011, the Hoyas prevailed over the Blue Demons in a 86-75 victory at the Verizon Center.

Austin Freeman and Jason Clark led the way for Georgetown with 21 points apiece. Chris Wright added 17 points and dished out seven assists. Julian Vaughn chipped in with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman forward Cleveland Melvin led all scorers with 29 points and snared seven rebounds in the losing effort. Tony Freeland finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.

Georgetown Roster

NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School

0 Tyler Adams 6-9 275 C FR Brandon, Miss./Brandon

1 Hollis Thompson 6-8 212 F JR Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS

2 Greg Whittington 6-8 212 F FR Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills

3 Mikael Hopkins 6-9 223 F FR Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha

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

14 Henry Sims 6-10 245 C SR Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph

21 Jason Clark 6-2 180 G SR Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell

22 Otto Porter 6-8 205 F FR Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central

23 Aaron Bowen 6-6 205 F RS FR Jacksonville, Fla./QEA (N.C.)

25 John Caprio 6-6 220 G SO North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep

32 Moses Ayegba 6-9 250 C SO Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian (Md.)

34 Nate Lubick 6-8 235 F SO Southboro, Mass./St. Mark's

55 Jabril Trawick 6-5 208 G FR Jenkintown, Pa./Abington Friends

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