DePaul vs. Georgetown Game Preview

The Blue Demons tip-off Big East conference play on New Year's Eve as they travel to face the Georgetown Hoyas in Washington, D.C. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (8-5) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (8-3) – Tuesday, December 31st, 4:00 p.m. Central – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

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Happy New Year!

Before we celebrate the ringing in of the new year, Fox Sports 1 is throwing a party with all ten Big East teams playing for the first time in conference this year. The marathon starts at 12:00 ET (St. John's at Xavier) and culminating with a 10 ET game between Marquette and Creighton.

DePaul (8-5), will play the middle man in the marathon.

DePaul will not have it easy, as they will have to travel to the nation's capital to take on the Georgetown Hoyas (8-3) at 5 ET. This will be the third game of the Fox Sports 1 marathon, as St. John's at Xavier and Seton Hall at Providence will precede DePaul's affair.

DePaul, as if you didn't already know, are coming off a thrilling, buzzer-beating 57-56 victory at Northwestern. Billy Garret Jr. (who was just named Big East Rookie of the Week for the third time this year) hit a layup on a pass from Durrell McDonald just as time expired.

Hopefully, the Demons can carry that momentum into Big East action, but it won't be easy doing that on the road at Georgetown. Georgetown is renowned for its physicality and deliberate style of disciplined basketball. According to, they rank 34th on offense and 44th on defense in efficiency.

Georgetown is coming off a 92-57 whitewashing of Florida International on Saturday.

Predicted to contend (picked #2 in the coaches preseason Big East Poll) for the conference crown, Georgetown gets great guard production from 6-3 sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (who leads the Hoyas with 16.3 points per game and lit up DePaul to the tune of 33 points the last time the two teams played) and 6-1 senior Markel Starks (who chips in with 15.9 points a game).

The Hoyas are as disciplined as it gets, as they lead the Big East in team field-goal percentage (.492). Meanwhile, DePaul comes in at ninth (.442). The Hoyas will work for the best shot whereas DePaul will sometimes force ill-advised shots.

Where DePaul can do some damage is on the backboards since the Hoyas remarkably rank last in the Big East in rebounding margin (+2.2). DePaul on the other hand, comes in at eighth in rebounding margin (+3.2). When DePaul outrebounds their opponent they are 8-2.

Josh Smith (a UCLA transfer) is a load to handle for the Hoyas at 6-10 and the listed weight of 350 lbs. He averages 12.7 points a game and is force down low. So the defense of Sandi Marcius and Tommy Hamilton could be critical in this game. If they stay out of foul trouble, the Demons will be in good shape.

Again, starting the Big East schedule on the road is never easy. Georgetown has won the last 12 meetings, including a 90-66 decision last season. So, if the Demons have any ideas at pulling off the upset, they are going to have to bring all the energy they have. If they do, their new year could get off to a great start.


- Georgetown guard Markel Starks is the younger brother of DePaul assistant coach Renard Phillips.

The Last Time

On February 20th, 2013, the Blue Demons struggled in a 90-66 defeat to the 11th ranked Hoyas at Verizon Center. Brandon Young led DePaul with 16 points, while sophomore Jamee Crockett added 10 points coming off the bench. Georgetown shot the ball at a high rate, while DePaul conversely shot it at a low rate. The Hoyas shot a blistering 63.5% from the floor to just 38.5% for the Demons along with 3 of 16 from beyond the arc for DePaul. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 33 points on 10 of 12 shooting. It was the 12th game in a row that DePaul had lost to Georgetown.

Georgetown Roster

NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School

0 Tyler Adams 6-9 254 C JR Brandon, Miss./Brandon

1 Reggie Cameron 6-7 225 F FR Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic

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

4 D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6-3 218 G SO Indianapolis, Ind./North Central / Oak Hill Academy

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

12 David Allen 6-2 185 G SO Dallas, Texas/Highland Park

23 Aaron Bowen 6-6 208 F SR Jacksonville, Fla./QEA (N.C.)

24 Joshua Smith 6-10 350 C JR Kent, Wash./Kentwood

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

31 Stephen Domingo 6-6 206 G SO San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius

32 Moses Ayegba 6-9 247 C SR Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian (Md.)

34 Nate Lubick 6-8 219 F SR Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's

42 Bradley Hayes 7-0 251 C SO Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood

55 Jabril Trawick 6-5 210 G JR Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends

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