DePaul Blue Demons (10-12, 2-7) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (12-9, 3-6) – Monday, February 3rd, 8 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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The Georgetown Hoyas are riding high coming off a 64-60 upset of seventh ranked Michigan State in New York at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Hoyas snapped a five game losing streak with the win over MSU.
One reason for that losing skid has been the loss of 6-10 big man Josh Smith. Smith was ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of this season. He had been averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Smith faced DePaul in their last meeting back on December 31st and scored five points in that outing.
Georgetown guard Markel Starks, who is the younger brother of DePaul assistant coach Renard Phillips, led the Hoyas with 16 points in the win over Michigan State. Starks also led Georgetown in the December meeting with DePaul.
This game marks the first repeat matchup for DePaul in the Big East conference round-robin schedule. So there is familiarity amongst the two teams.
Both teams are also having to deal with a short turnaround between games on Saturday and this Monday night showdown.
It is also the halfway mark in the Big East conference schedule with both teams struggling thus far in conference play and hungry for a conference win.
With the Hoyas coming off such a big win, this could be a trap game for them, but then they are still looking at climbing in the Big East rankings during this second half of the conference season.
Georgetown comes into Monday's game ranked 58th in Ken Pomeroy's college basketball ratings.
For the Blue Demons, there remains uncertainty over who will be in the lineup on Monday night. Senior forward Cleveland Melvin has missed the last two games due to suspension. Also questionable are freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr. due to illness and Charles McKinney, due to an ankle sprain. DePaul has gone without those three starters in the last two games now and is prepared to do the same on Monday night if they have to.
If the Blue Demons pull off a victory, it will be the first time they've beaten Georgetown since January 23, 1994.
The Last Time
On December 31st, 2013 in Washington D.C., the Blue Demons dropped their Big East conference opener 61-54 to the Hoyas. Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for DePaul with 17 points. Senior guard Brandon Young scored 13 in the losing effort.
Georgetown guard Markel Starks scored 21 points to lead all scorers and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 points.
DePaul freshman guard R.J. Curington received the Big East's Rookie of the Year award today. Curington is the third Blue Demon to receive the award this season. DePaul freshmen Billy Garrett, Jr. and Tommy Hamilton, IV received the award in previous weeks.
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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